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Job Summary

Deputy District Attorney I is the first working-level of the five-level Deputy District Attorney class series. Incumbents prepare and prosecute cases in Superior Court as training progresses; review evidence and advise law enforcement officers and complainants on law and criminal proceedings; interview complainants and witnesses to obtain case information; prepare motions, orders, and other legal documents; and assist higher level prosecutors in preparing and prosecuting Superior Court criminal cases. Job locations include the downtown Hall of Justice as well as branch offices in the South Bay, East County, North County and Kearny Mesa areas.


Qualified applicants must be an active member in good standing with the State Bar of California. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of Federal and California criminal statutory and case law; Superior Court procedures; criminal and civil law principles and procedures and their application; rules of evidence; and principles and techniques of legal research. The ideal candidate will also have the skills and abilities to analyze and apply legal principles and practices; prepare, organize, and prosecute criminal and civil cases; interview witnesses and complainants; advocate a wide range of criminal and/or civil cases; prepare motions, orders, pleadings and other legal documents; present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with County staff and representatives from outside agencies.

Application Information

Post Bar Graduate Law Clerk Program

Job Description
The Graduate Law Clerk Program of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office affords individuals who have taken the California Bar examination the opportunity to work for a prosecutor’s office while awaiting California Bar results. See The Graduate Law Clerk Program for more information.

Certified Legal Internship Program

The District Attorney's Office offers volunteer internship positions to eligible second and third year law students. See Certified Legal Internship Program for more information.