Intern Program

Join our office for the summer as a paid Law Student Intern, our clients need your help!

The Office of the State Public Defender provides cutting-edge legal services to indigent people who have been convicted of non-capital and capital offenses who are appealing their convictions to the California Courts of Appeal and California Supreme Court. Under close supervision and direction of the staff attorney, the Law Student Intern provides legal support for death penalty and non-capital cases.

Over the course of the summer, you will become a stronger writer and sharper legal researcher. You will come away with an understanding of what a career in appellate criminal defense entails, and a writing sample that will help you open doors. Most importantly, you will be making a difference in the lives of people who need your help.

The summer internship runs for 10 weeks, from June until August. Students start the internship with a crash course in California death penalty law and appellate procedure, and then take on research and writing projects with mentorship from experienced and accomplished public defenders. Students will have an opportunity to present their work at team meetings, and to gather for career panels and additional training and social opportunities throughout the summer.

The internship can be remote, in-person at our Oakland or Sacramento offices, or a hybrid of remote and in-person.

Please email, or call (510) 267-3369 with any questions.

The Office of the State Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation.