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Title: Law Clerk – County Counsel (unpaid
Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
County Counsel's main office is in Santa Ana, the Probate/Mental
Health Section is located in a satellite office in Garden
Grove, near The Block shopping mall.
Functions of Agency/Department:
County Counsel provides legal advice and representation
to the County Board of Supervisors and County Departments.
The intern/law clerk would work in County Counsel’s
Probate/Mental Health Section. This Section provides
legal advice and representation to the Orange County
Public Administrator/Public Guardian, and also represents
mental health facilities in certain types of legal hearings
regarding involuntary commitment and authorization to
administer psychotropic medication.
The intern/law clerk’s major responsibility is
to communicate with personnel in mental health facilities
and write summaries of the patient’s status. The
intern/law clerk may also contact witnesses and prepare
subpoenas. It is quite possible the intern/law clerk
will be given assignments to prepare entire court calendars,
keep track of the status of pending cases, and advise
the attorneys concerning which witnesses to call on a
particular case. If time permits, the intern/law clerk
may also review court files and help draft legal pleadings
in cases involving neglected or abused senior citizens,
or cases involving decedent’s estates. The intern/law
clerk will have an opportunity to observe both court
trials and jury trials.
The office prefers students with at least one year of
law school, but will consider an undergraduate or recent
graduate with an interest in law, mental health and/or
Skills, Training or Qualifications:
Ability to write summaries, complete assignments in a
timely manner and obtain information via telephone. Excellent
written and oral communication skills. Reliable.
10 - 15 hours per week for one quarter or semester, subject to negotiation. Most
preferable timeframes include Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
mornings, and Wednesday afternoons. Summer positions
Benefits Available to Intern:
Although this is an unpaid internship/law clerk position,
benefits include the opportunity to be a part of a team
of public attorneys and law clerks working on matters
of human importance to the community. In addition, the
internship/law clerk position is an opportunity to observe
court and jury trials and be involved in court preparation.
Interns/law clerks gain insight into the operation and
the interplay between the mental health and the legal
system. Parking reimbursement is available.