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Summer 2024 Law Clerk

This position is contingent upon the budget and the employment start and end dates are flexible.

This is an Extra Help Position.  Extra Help means this may be a Part-Time or Full-Time, Non-Permanent position.  The number of hours worked per week may vary and depend on the needs of the department. For terms and conditions concerning Extra Help with Butte County, see Section 6.13c (Download PDF reader) of the 2021 Personnel Rules.


The requirements to apply for the Butte County District Attorney Law Clerk Program are as follows:

Attach a resume, cover letter and transcript.
Attach two letters of recommendation.
Attach a writing sample not to exceed 5 pages.

Under the supervision of prosecutors, the position provides hands-on, paid experience in criminal law. Summer law clerks engage in legal research, write motions, assist with trial preparation and conduct contested hearings under the supervision of a Deputy District Attorney. The law clerk position is a limited, extra help fixed term and at-will position for 10 – 12 weeks, 40 hours per week.


The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in criminal law, solid legal research skills and an ability to communicate — orally and in writing – in a clear and persuasive manner. While the District Attorney’s office cannot make specific commitments, once the law student passes the bar, former clerks are evaluated for future possible employment based on experience, education, performance, availability, the need for attorneys, and budget constraints.


Essential Job Functions

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.  The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities.  Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

  • Research and analyze principles, concepts, codes and case law. Draft correspondence, memos and legal motions.
  • Review, analyze and apply evidence, reports, recordings and witness interviews. Investigate facts and case law to prepare cases, determine actions and recommend strategy.
  • Prepare legal documents including motions, affidavits, jury instructions, warrants and other documents for use by a Deputy District Attorney.
  • Work closely with Deputy District Attorneys to make filing or declination decisions, research and drafting motions, preparing cases for trial and developing case tactics.
  • Provide a wide range of legal support, administrative duties and other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications


  • Successfully complete the course equivalent of at least two (2) years of law school (for a three year program) or three (3) years of law school (for a four year program) prior to the start of employment.
  • Be eligible and willing to work as a certified law student through the California State Bar Practical Training of Law Students program. Please refer to the California State Bar website for additional information.
  • Consent to and pass a background investigation. Students who have other outside employment must disclose employment to the District Attorney’s office for review prior to accepting this assignment.
  • Law students selected for the positions may not perform any work (paid or unpaid) for any criminal defense attorney during the pendency of their clerkship with this office. Any other employment must be disclosed and approved by this office.


Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements


  • Work in an office environment.
  • Be subject to repetitive motions, such as typing and viewing a monitor.
  • May be exposed to angry, hostile or volatile citizens.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: Associate's
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 22.00