Legal Internships

Where can I find opportunities for volunteering or interning with a law firm or agency?

  • Use SlugQuest to view internship and job listings (you can search for your interests by keyword). Some local Santa Cruz attorneys and other employers, such as Plantronics, occasionally post legal intern or legal assistant part time jobs in SlugQuest.  
  • Check the Career Center's Events Calendar to find dates and times for our Internship Workshop, which covers finding established internships or starting your own.

Santa Cruz Area Internships

Regional Internships

California Internships

National Opportunities 

Santa Cruz Area Opportunities:

Barrios Unidos, Santa Cruz

www.barriosunidos.net

A youth violence prevention organization dedicated to providing alternatives to at-risk youth and re-entry opportunities to former prisoners. Volunteer interns can work in a variety of programs including: kids clubs, youth groups, juvenile hall, and the prison project.

California Rural Legal Assistance (Santa Cruz)


http://www.crla.org

Legal Aid Interns handle client intakes, preparation of legal documents, and work closely with attorneys
. Email development@crla.org if you are interested in volunteering.

Friends Outside (Santa Cruz and Watsonville)

http://scvolunteercenter.org/programs/friends-outside/

Need volunteers for weekly visits to adult county jails; work with prisoners and families
- Call or email Program Coordinator, 831-427-5078, Deanna Adams or email at friendsoutside@scvolunteercenter.org

Santa Cruz County Volunteer Initiative Program

http://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/personnel/VIP/

Helps link volunteers to various county government agencies that need people. There are usually a variety of opportunities available. Contact the Volunteer Initiative Program Coordinator (831) 454-2987  per346@co.santa-cruz.ca.us  

Santa Cruz County Law Library,

www.lawlibrary.org

Provides legal information service to Santa Cruz county residents, lawyers, judges and government officials. Volunteers help patrons, answer the phone, and file documents. (831) 420-2205

Santa Cruz County Probation Department 

http://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/prb/internship.asp

Interns work in the adult division, juvenile division, or the juvenile hall to gain practical experience in the criminal justice field working with other probation staff, partnering agencies, and clients. If you have any questions please contact: Peter Grassi (831) 454-7318 Peter.Grassi@santacruzcounty.us

Santa Cruz County Public Defenders Office

Volunteer Interns will be assigned to the Investigations Bureau of the Public Defender’s Office. You will work with investigators and trial attorneys. Areas of law include the defense of misdemeanor charges from driving under the influence or domestic violence, to felony charges such as assault with a deadly weapon or murder. Duties include writing letters to request records from law enforcement agencies, medical facilities, and other businesses. You will also be asked to prepare and serve subpoenas, locate and interview witnesses, and write reports based on those interviews. Interns are often asked to take pictures of physical evidence and photographs and measurements at the scene of the alleged crime. You will also be exposed to various resources and databases commonly used to locate witnesses and gather background information. Interns will have the opportunity to observe court proceedings and attend investigator training sessions.  Spanish-speaking interns will also be asked to interpret for attorney/client meetings in the office and in the Santa Cruz County Jail facilities. You will also be asked to translate written documents.

Interns will participate in a 16 hr. training prior to starting, and will receive on the job training for the first 2-3 months from the Chief Investigator.

REQUIREMENTS:
Internship is open to Juniors and Seniors only.
This internship requires a 6-month minimum commitment.
16-24 hours a week to be completed Monday-Friday between 8-5pm.
A reliable vehicle is required.

TO APPLY-

Please email your resume and cover letter to the Supervising Investigator at:
SupervisingInvestigator@scdefenders.com

Application periods:
Summer + Fall internship: Applications are accepted through April with selections made in May.
Winter + Spring internship: Applications are accepted through October with selections made in November.

Senior Citizens Legal Services (Santa Cruz)

http://seniorlegal.org

This agency provides free legal services to elderly residents of Santa Cruz county. Volunteer interns interview clients, contact agencies, write letter/documents
and interact with local attorneys and judges. 

Watsonville Law Center

http://watsonvillelawcenter.org

Volunteers interview clients, prepare fact summaries, various tasks related to client cases
. Bilingual in Spanish helpful. 

Regional Volunteer/Internship Opportunities:

East Bay Community Law Center 

http://www.ebclc.org/volunteer.php

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (Immigrant rights) 

http://www.eastbaysanctuary.org/

San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Internships

http://www.sfdistrictattorney.org

IRS including IRS Criminal Investigation

http://www.jobs.irs.gov/student/student-positions.html

Student Volunteer and paid intern programs with the IRS.  

Contact IRS office in San Jose (408) 282-0179  or San Francisco
 (415) 553-8990

Legal Assistance for Seniors - Alameda County

http://www.lashicap.org/

Bay Area Legal Aid

http://baylegal.org/

Volunteer internship to assist attorneys 
-subit a volunteer application and submit it with a copy of your resume to probono@baylegal.org. View the link for a copy of the volunteer application. 

Office of the Public Defender - Santa Clara County

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/pdo/jobs/Pages/opportunities.aspx

Superior Court of California – County of Santa Clara

http://www.scscourt.org/general_info/employment/volunteer.shtml

The following two types of positions are available:

Self-Help Center Assistant Volunteers provide information to self-represented litigants. Attorneys, law students and paralegals are encouraged to apply. Contact Human Resources (408-882-2725 ) for more information.

Judicial Interns work with or provide research support for a judge or court program (law students and selected college students). To qualify candidates must be enrolled in a college degree program that is related to the internship. Interns must have the required skills and educational background for the position. In many cases, interns will receive credit toward their degree, but in all cases the internships are designed to provide relevant experiential learning in one or more of the courts program departments.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (San Francisco)


http://www.prisonerswithchildren.org

State of California Opportunities:

ACLU of Northern California

http://aclunc.org/about/job_opportunities/internships/index.shtml

California Justice Corps Program

http://www.courts.ca.gov/programs-justicecorps.htm

Recruits and trains 250 diverse university students annually to serve in overburdened legal self-help centers throughout California.

State of California Department of Justice

http://ag.ca.gov/careers/students.php

Judicial Administration Fellow: Center for California Studies (San Francisco and Sacramento)
 - Graduate Students Only 

http://www.csus.edu/calst/judicial/ 

National Opportunities:

LawJobs.com

http://www.lawjobs.com/

Job listings target legal professionals but include other resources including temporary legal staffing agencies.

Public Affairs Council

http://pac.org/?q=jobs

Job listings in public affairs, mostly in Washington D.C.

Union Jobs Clearinghouse

http://www.unionjobs.com

Positions in organized labor searchable by state and by union name

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program

http://www.theihs.org/koch-summer-fellow-program

American Bar Association – Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law

http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/research/Fellowshipopportunities.html

US Supreme Court - Internships

http://www.supremecourt.gov/