Certified Legal Internship Program

The Summer Legal Intern program is a volunteer internship position open to 2L students only. These internship positions can provide invaluable experience to law students interested in a career in the field of criminal law. Summer Legal Interns work closely with Deputy District Attorneys in all phases of prosecution. Employment in this position would start in mid-to-late May 2020 and end in late July 2020.

Last year our Office had Summer Legal Interns from 23 different law schools. We hope to continue to attract dedicated, diverse and passionate law students who aspire to pursue a career in criminal prosecution.

The requirements for the Summer Legal Intern position are as follows:

  • 2L status and completion of Evidence and Civil Procedure Courses
  • Resume - Please iclude your GPA in your resume
  • Cover letter and unofficial transcript
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 40 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0
  • Subject to background clearance
  • If you have worked for our Office before, please include in your application the names of any supervisors to whom you have previously been assigned or other DDAs who can speak to your work.

Please coordinate with your respective law school about any potential funding available through your institution for these volunteer positions. Some law schools also provide for school credit for participation in our Summer Legal Internship program. While the Office would prefer a commitment to work the entire summer, splitting the summer with another employer will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For the Summer Intern position, interviewing will take place either through on-campus interviewing or through Skype/teleconferencing in mid-September.

To apply for the Summer Legal Intern position, please submit a (1) Resume, (2) Cover Letter, (3) Official or Unofficial Transcript, (4) only if you have previously worked for the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, the names of any supervisors to whom you have previously been assigned or other DDAs from our Office who can speak to your work. Please submit the materials as a SINGLE PDF through email to recruiting@sdcda.org. The applications are due August 30, 2019 by 5 pm (PST).

Note for applicants for which our Office conducts on-campus interviewing: Please apply through your law schools' Symplicity website. You do NOT need to send the requested materials directly to recruiting@sdcda.org. Your law school will organize and provide us with the requisite materials. If you are unsure if our Office is conducting on-campus interviews at your school, please email your Career Service Office.

Note for California Western School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and University of San Diego School of Law applicants: Even if you intend to apply for a Fall or Spring Legal Intern position with our Office, it is still necessary to apply before August 30,2019, for the Summer Legal Internship position. Holdover internships from Spring 2020 until Summer 2020 will not be allowed.

Cover letters addressed to:
Robert Eacret, Jessica Coto, and Vanessa Gerard Hiring Deputies – Summer Legal Intern Program
Office of the District Attorney
330 W. Broadway, Suite 940
San Diego, CA 92101