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Commitment to Diversity

The San Francisco District Attorney's Office is strongly committed to diversity and supports the advancement of women and people of color. We believe the office should reflect the population it serves. People of color, disabled individuals, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Employment Opportunities

Assistant District Attorney Positions
Applicants who are current, active members of the California State Bar may apply for full-time attorney positions by submitting a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two letters of reference to:

Evette Taylor-Monachino
Human Resources Manager
Office of District Attorney George Gascón
850 Bryant Street, Room 322
San Francisco, CA 94103
Evette.Monachino@sfgov.org

We are seeking energetic staff with the highest integrity, sound judgment, and sensitivity to human needs and diverse communities. Other desirable qualifications include fluency in a foreign language as well as prior criminal law experience. Once we have received your cover letter, resume, and at least two letters of recommendation, we will review your application materials and invite the best-qualified applicants to participate in personal interviews with our office. Not all applicants meeting minimum requirements will be invited for an interview.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer/Loaner Attorney Program
Applicants who are current members of the California State Bar may apply for full-time volunteer attorney positions of limited duration. To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume and two letters of reference to SFDAVolunteer.Loaner@sfgov.org. Volunteer positions will be offered to the best qualified applicants depending on the needs of the office and availability of open positions.

Post Bar Opportunities

Post Bar Clerks
For law school graduates who have taken the California Bar Exam and are awaiting results, we offer an intensive full-time clerkship. “Post Bars” assist attorneys in every aspect of case preparation and advocate on behalf of clients in court proceedings (subject to attorney approval and supervision). All Post Bar candidates will need to be “PTLS certified” by the California State Bar. A limited number of Post Bar Clerks will be eligible to receive a stipend for successful completion of their duties.

Application Process

All Post Bar applicants must complete and submit the following materials in one combined PDF file in the following order:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Adult Background Form or Youth Background Form
  • A copy of photo Identification
  • Two-page Writing Sample (optional)

Schedule and Deadlines

Due to the high volume of applicants for the Post Bar program, the following application deadlines will be strictly enforced. Below are the application deadlines for Post Bar program. Deadlines apply to all current and new applicants.

July 2014 Bar Exam Post Bar Program
August 11, 2014 – November 14, 2014:
Required commitment: 40 hours per week.
Eligible: Law graduates taking the July 2014 Bar Exam.
Application Deadline: November 8, 2013
Application Review: November 11th through 15th, 2013
Interviews: November 18th through 27th, 2013
Application Status Update: December 2013
NOTE: We ask that all interns adhere to the above start and end dates but also understand there maybe conflicting school scheduling issues that arise. We will do your best to work with you to accommodate those needs.

Internship Opportunities

The District Attorney's Office is seeking motivated students who are interested in gaining hands on experience in the criminal justice system and working to help the District Attorney represent the People of San Francisco. The District Attorney's Office offers a variety of opportunities for eligible students (including high school students, undergraduate, paralegal, and law school students.
NOTE: For more information, and internship details please see Internship Q and A.

Legal Interns

First, second, and third year law students are eligible to apply for part-time internship positions during their respective Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.* Internships are unpaid. Legal Interns will be responsible for a wide variety of both clerical and legal tasks including review of case files, production of discovery, and legal research and writing (subject to attorney approval and supervision). Bar-certified students (current requirements, instructions, and fees for certification can be found at: http://calbar.ca.gov.) will have the unique opportunity to argue motions and conduct hearings in the Superior Court under the direct supervision of experienced prosecutors. Although internships with the DA’s Office do not require a full-time commitment, a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week is required.

*Note: Third year law students are ineligible to apply for Summer positions.

Law School Fellows

Students attending participating law schools are eligible to apply for full-time internship positions during their respective fall and spring semesters. Internships are unpaid. Fellows typically receive academic credit from their respective law schools in exchange for their work for the District Attorney’s Office. These positions require prior approval from the student’s law school and eligibility for certification by the California State Bar. The goal of this program is to further the student’s understanding of and ability to apply legal principles learned in the classroom to actual legal issues. Law School Fellows will be assigned to specific units within the District Attorney’s Office but will be required to work on other matters when the need arises. Law School Fellows must be self-motivated, well organized and have the ability to efficiently manage a number of responsibilities. Law School Fellows are required to draft legal motions, conduct hearings, and help Assistant District Attorneys prepare cases for jury trial.

Summer Law Clerks

Second year law students applying for the Summer Law Clerk program at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office are eligible for certification by the California State Bar. Current requirements, instructions, and fees for certification can be found at: http://calbar.ca.gov. The program is designed to expose Law Clerks to the different units within the District Attorney’s Office while providing them with the practical experience necessary to become effective litigators. Summer Law Clerks participate in an extensive 12 week training program that includes lectures on various aspects of trial work. Clerks perform legal research and writing, litigate motions, conduct evidentiary hearings, and assist attorneys in case preparation for trial. A limited number of Summer Law Clerks will be eligible to receive a stipend for successful completion of their duties.

High School, College and Paralegal Interns

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers unpaid internship positions for undergraduate and high school students with an interest in criminal justice who seek exposure to the unique and diverse opportunities the District Attorney’s Office offers. Undergraduate students assist prosecutors in a variety of tasks such as organizing and preparing case files for trials, contacting witnesses and managing subpoenas and records surrounding both pre-trial hearings and jury trials (subject to attorney approval and supervision). Applicants should be reliable and well organized students who can successfully balance their studies with their work at the office.

Internship Application Process

Due to the high number of applications received for all of the programs, the following applications deadlines will be strictly enforced. Below are the application deadlines for all internship positions. Deadlines apply to all current interns and new applicants.

All applicants must complete and submit the following materials in one combined PDF file in the following order
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Adult Background Form or Youth Background Form (The background form can be typed in, do a save as, print it and sign before adding to the PDF file)
  • A copy of photo Identification
  • Two-page Writing Sample (Optional - Not required for high school applicants)

Upon Acceptance you may be asked to furnish the following:
  • Current Unofficial Transcripts (PDF)
  • Three References (PDF)
  • School Verification

NOTE: Submissions that fail to meet the previous guidelines will be rejected immediately.

Internship Schedule and Deadlines

Spring Session 2014: January 5, 2015 – May 1, 2015
Required commitment: minimum 20 hours per week
Eligible: High school, Undergrads, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year Law Students, Paralegal
Application Deadline: September 5, 2014
Application Review: September 8th through 12th, 2014
Interviews: September 15th through 26th, 2014
Application Status Update: October 2014


Summer Session 2015:
2nd Year Law Student Summer Law Clerk: May 19, 2014 – August 8, 2014

Required commitment: 40 hours per week, 12 week commitment
Eligible: 2nd Year Law Students; must apply through On Campus Interview when possible.
Application Deadline: October 1, 2014
Application Status Update: First week of November 2014

1st Year Law Student Summer Interns: May 26, 2015 – August 7, 2015
Required commitment: 40 hours per week
Eligible: Only 1st Year Law Students may apply.*
Application Deadline: January 30, 2015
Application Review: February 2nd through 6th, 2015
Interviews: February 9th through 20th, 2015
Application Status Update: March 2015
* Due to NALP guidelines which govern all law schools, 1st Year Law Students cannot apply until December 1st of every year.

Summer Interns High School, Undergrad, Paralegal: May 26, 2015- August 7, 2015
Required commitment: minimum 40 hours per week
Eligible: High School, Undergrads, and Paralegal
Application Deadline: January 30, 2015
Application Review: February 2nd through 6th, 2015
Interviews: February 9th through 20th, 2015
Application Status Update: March 2015

Fall Session 2014: August 17, 2015 – December 4, 2015
Required commitment: minimum 20 hours per week
Eligible: High school, Undergrads, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year Law Students, Paralegal
Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
Application Review: March 9th through 13th 2015
Interviews: March 16th through 27th, 2015
Application Status Update: April 2015


E-mail questions and application material to: SFDAInternship@sfgov.org

Contact Information:
Internship Program Manager
Office of District Attorney George Gascón
850 Bryant Street, Room 322
San Francisco, CA 94103

Last updated: 4/9/2014 2:30:46 PM