Legal Internships

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

Santa Cruz Area Internships

Regional Internships

California Internships

National Opportunities 

Santa Cruz Area Opportunities:

Barrios Unidos, Santa Cruz

Barrios Unidos promotes multicultural social justice, non-violence and economic equity through cultural healing, civic leadership and community development. 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)


California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is a nonprofit legal service program created to help California's low-income individuals and communities. 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)


Friends Outside aims to help reduce trauma of incarceration for inmates and their families, provide information that can lead to positive change, and assist post-release clients with their re-entry into the community. Call or email Program Coordinator, 831-427-5078, Deanna Adams or email friendsoutside@scvolunteercenter.org

Santa Cruz County Volunteer Initiative Program

The Volunteer Initiative Program matches interested community members with volunteer opportunities throughout Santa Cruz County Government. They work with all County departments including the District Attorney’s Office, the Health Services Agency, the Human Resources Agency, Law Library, Parks and Recreation, Personnel, Probation, and the Sheriff’s Department. Email volunteer@scvolunteercenter.org or call (831) 454-2987.

Santa Cruz County Probation Department 

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 at (831) 454-7318 or Peter.Grassi@santacruzcounty.us

Santa Cruz County Public Defenders Office

The Office has a variety of general internships available for law students and undergraduate students assisting lawyers, investigators or paralegals as a volunteer or for school credit. Each provides valuable experience for individuals interested in pursuing employment in the criminal justice system. Please send the completed application to Jalcantara@scdefenders.com 

Senior Citizens Legal Services (Santa Cruz)

Senior Citizens Legal Services 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


The Watsonville Law Center (WLC) provides free legal services to low-income individuals on California’s Central Coast. Volunteers interview clients, prepare fact summaries, and other various tasks related to client cases
. Bilingual in Spanish is helpful. Please call (831) 722-2845 for more information and to apply. 

Regional Volunteer/Internship Opportunities:

East Bay Community Law Center

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant

San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

IRS including IRS Criminal Investigation

Legal Assistance for Seniors - Alameda County

Bay Area Legal Aid

Office of the Public Defender - Santa Clara County


Superior Court of California – County of Santa Clara

State of California Opportunities:

ACLU of Northern California

California Justice Corps Program

State of California Department of Justice

Judicial Administration Fellow: Center for California Studies 

National Opportunities:

Public Affairs Council

Union Jobs Clearinghouse

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program

American Bar Association – Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law

US Supreme Court - Internships