Intern - Student Law Clerk

  • Nevada County, CA
  • Nevada City, California
  • Dec 13, 2022
Temporary Clerical and Administrative Support Internship Legal Services
  • Salary: $24.90 Hourly USD

Job Description

Definition and Class Characteristics
We would like to invite you to be a part of an exciting and innovative team! Join one of our departments within Nevada County that is progressive and values your talent. We empower and strive to achieve greatness while offering equal opportunity for all county employees and interns. We have a strong non-discrimination policy and believe the County of Nevada would be an outstanding opportunity for you! " Achieve More! "

Position Title: Intern, Law Clerk (Public Defenders Office)
This position will be in the Nevada County Public Defender’s Office and will report to their assigned attorney/advisor within the office. The mission of the Public Defender’s Office is to
provide a client centered defense to indigent people accused of committing crimes, or who are facing civil commitments. Public Defenders protect the community by assuring compliance with the Constitution by government agents and agencies.

Public defenders stand alone, armed only with their wits, training and dedication. Inspired by their clients' hope, faith and trust, they are the warriors and valkyries of those desperately in need of a champion. Public Defenders, by protecting the downtrodden and the poor, shield against infringement of our protections and, in reality, protect us all. - Hightower v. State, 592 So.2nd 689 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1991)

Functions of Agency/Department:
The Public Defender’s Office provides legal defense services to indigent adults and juveniles, as requested by the clients, and as appointed by the courts. Our duties are mandated by the United States Constitution, the California Constitution, and the laws of California.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:
Under supervision by an attorney advisor, perform a variety of responsibilities. Examples of the types of work to be performed include, but are not limited to, the following primary assignments:
• Interview clients, complainants, witnesses, and others.
• Research and writing of pleadings
• Represent clients from arrest through sentencing.
• Participate in in-house training and on-the-job training.
• Assist in the development and implementation of an early representation program, including interviewing recently arrested people while they are incarcerated.
Duties may also include:
• Public Speaking in Court Setting
• Interpersonal and Research Skills
• Must practice privacy policies.
• Experienced on Microsoft Outlook & Word

Candidates selected for the position would be asked to perform a range of duties from very basic activities to those requiring higher skill levels to enhance a department’s operations.

Interns need be able to stand or walk much of the time, with bending, stooping, and squatting, twisting, reaching, working on irregular surfaces, occasional lifting of objects weighing over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds. Any disabilities preventing these standards of work will be accommodated as we are able.

This position can be completed via: In-person only. No telework options are available for this internship.

Educational Requirements, Skills, Training, or Qualifications:
This Internship is best suited for students currently enrolled in Law School. Desirable but not necessary is the ability to be certified by the State Bar to appear in court and represent clients with supervision. Must have a neat appearance, detail-oriented, reliable, good written and oral skills. The County is a Microsoft Windows enterprise environment.

Qualifying Programs:
Qualified Law Students

Time Commitment:
Minimum 16-19 hours per week. Hours can be scheduled in 2- to 8-hour blocks of time during regular business hours (Monday through Friday). Applicants willing to work additional hours or for a longer duration typically gain a more in-depth experience.

Benefits Available to Intern:
This program prepares interns to contend for positions as a deputy public defender. Typically, interns participate in this program between one (1) to twenty-four (24) months based on individual training and experience requirements and needs of the department. During the duration of the program, incumbents are encouraged to develop dynamically growing skills and to work with greater independence of action as they further gain experience and proficiency in their occupation for progression into regular County positions, if available.

With this internship, individuals are offered an excellent opportunity to:
• Build their resume and explore career options
• Apply skills and knowledge to the workplace

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

Please contact us to request accommodation. Contact the Internship team at: or by phone (530) 265-7191.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Nevada City, California United States View Map