Certified Legal Internship Program

The Certified Legal Intern Program of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers volunteer positions to law students who are interested in a career in the field of criminal law. Interns are expected to answer defense motions, conduct legal research, and appear in court with a supervising attorney. All Certified Legal Interns work closely with Assistant District Attorneys in all phases of prosecution. Interns may be assigned to work in any one of a variety of divisions within the office, as well as to any of the locations served by the office, according to staffing needs.

In addition to the Hall of Justice, branch offices are located at the Juvenile Youth Guidance Center, the Special Operations Department and the Community Justice Court. In an effort to broaden the legal experience, the intern is given the opportunity to rotate into different assignments within the office to assist in their legal proficiency and expertise in particular practice areas.

Students who apply for this program must be prepared to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week in their assignments. While consecutive days are desirable, they are not mandatory.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Students must be completed with courses in Civil Procedure and Evidence.
  2. Must apply for and be certified by the State Bar of California. Certification allows interns to research, write, and argue motions, and present evidence at suppression motions and conduct hearings in the Superior Court under the direct supervision of an experienced prosecutor. Additionally, interns may gain valuable experience in preparation of high profile cases or assist in the preparation of serious felony cases including such crimes as rape, felony assault, kidnap or murder trials.

Who Can Apply and for Which Session(s)?

The office is accepting applications for the Fall 2018 Sessions from eligible 2Ls and 3Ls only. The deadline to apply is September 7, 2018.

How to Apply - How to Apply

Application Process

All applicants must complete and submit the following materials in one combined .pdf file in the following order:
  1. Cover Letter – Please address to Wade Chow, Chief of the Brady, Appellate and Training Division, and indicate the specific program(s) that you are interested in applying for.
  2. Resume
  3. Adult Background Investigation Form (Type into the form, save it, print it, and sign it before including it in the .pdf file)
  4. A copy of photo identification
  5. Writing Sample – No longer than 10 pages in length
  6. Be advised of our outside employment disclosure policy

Email questions and application material to: SFDAInternship@sfgov.org