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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

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.

Current Job Openings:

Chief, Victim Services Unit
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is conducting a search for a seasoned professional to lead our Victim Services Unit and ensure it provides the highest caliber of assistance to victims of crime. This is a core function of the District Attorney’s Office, and it is a unit that continues to serve as a national model. To download the full job description please click here.  

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

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.

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 helping the District Attorney represent the People of San Francisco. The District Attorney's Office offers a variety of opportunities for eligible high school students, undergraduate, graduate, 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.

Communications and Policy Department Interns

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers unpaid internship positions in its dynamic and fast-paced Communications and Policy Departments.  Interns have the opportunity to be involved with our regular interactions with the press, media events and legislative advocacy efforts.  To be considered, please email max.szabo@sfgov.org with a resume and your short, well-written cover letter.  Please be sure to include your availability.  

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 2015 - January 5, 2015– May 1, 2015
Minimum of 20 hours per week required
Eligible: High school, Undergrads, 1L, 2L, 3L,
Paralegal
Application Deadline: September 5, 2014

Fall Session 2015 - August 17, 2015 – December 4, 2015
Minimum of 20 hours per week required
Eligible: High school, Undergrads, 1L, 2L, 3L,
Paralegal
Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

SUMMER SESSION 2015
2L Summer Law Clerks - May 18, 2015-August 7, 2015
Requires 40 hours per week, 11 week commitment
Eligible: Only 2L applicants may apply; must apply
through On Campus Interviews when possible.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2014

Summer Interns - May 26, 2015-August 7, 2015
Minimum of 40 hours per week required
Eligible: High school, Undergrads, Due to NALP
guidelines which govern all law schools, 1L students
cannot apply until December 1st of every year.
Application Deadline: January 30, 2015

POST BAR INTERNSHIPS FOR LAW SCHOOL
GRADUATES
July 2015 Bar Exam Post Bar Program
August 10, 2015 – *November 13, 2015
Minimum of 40 hours per week required
Eligible: Individuals taking the July 2015 Bar exam
Deadlines: November 7, 2014

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: 8/18/2014 3:34:33 PM