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