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Intern Position Description
Position Title: Legal Assistant/Law Clerk with the Public Defender’s Office (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
Office of the Public Defender
Offices located in Santa Ana, Fullerton, Orange, Westminster, Newport Beach and Laguna Niguel

Functions of Agency/Department:
The role of the Public Defender’s Office is to provide quality representation to clients in an efficient and cost-effective manner. People who cannot afford to hire a lawyer have the right to a court-appointed lawyer, which in most cases is the Public Defender with a deputy public defender handling the case.
The Public Defender Web site can be accessed at the following link: http://www.pubdef.ocgov.com/index.htm.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:
Duties will vary depending upon intern’s/law clerk’s qualifications and academic level. Work with trial attorneys, investigators, paralegals, interviewers and secretaries in the Superior Court office or one of the satellite offices. Areas of law include the defense of serious or violent felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile dependency and mental health. Duties include preparing, photocopying, organizing, assembling, researching and digesting trial note books for exciting criminal defense cases. Duties also include assisting trial counsel in court presenting criminal jury trials by providing logistical support with evidence, witnesses and demonstrative aids.

Educational Requirements:
Best suited for students or recent graduates with majors related to law or political science.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:
Computer and foreign language skills are a big plus. This internship is not for the squeamish or faint hearted, but for the big hearted, intelligent and compassionate.

Time Commitment:
Interns must schedule a minimum of 16 hours per week for at least one semester or quarter. Hours may be scheduled Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Summer internships are available.

Benefits Available to Intern:
Although this is an unpaid internship, students and recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to explore career options, build resumes, network with professionals in their fields of interest and gain hands-on experience.
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