OLA Employment Opportunities
Student Intern


Summer Intern Program

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Office of Legal Affairs is tasked with protecting the department's interests in contract disputes, environmental issues, management of class action suits, employee discipline issues, labor law, workers' compensation, and working with the Office of the Attorney General on civil litigation.

Summer Interns will work with attorneys encompassing a wide array of correctional law issues. They will be asked to research a variety of the above issues facing CDCR and will be expected to answer questions through comprehensive legal research. The diverse number of issues that CDCR faces gives interns an opportunity to work in many different areas of the law.

Applications for our Summer Intern Program should be submitted prior to March 1st and should include a resume and cover letter indicating the application is for a Summer Intern Position. Faxed applications should be addressed as follows: Law Student Intern Coordinator, fax number (916) 327-5306. E-mailed applications should be addressed to olainterns@cdcr.ca.gov. If you have any questions about this program, please call (916) 445-0495 and ask to speak to a Law Student Intern Coordinator.

Clinical Interns

Clinical Interns receive law school units for work performed. Applicants in this category must coordinate with their law school’s clinical department for entry into this assignment.  Clinical Interns will work with attorneys, conduct legal research and handle assignments encompassing a wide variety of legal issues, including constitutional law related to civil rights violations and prisoner rights, labor and employment related to personnel issues, contract interpretation and disputes, construction, environmental law and inmate healthcare issues as it relates to inmate medical care.

Applicants for this position should submit a resume and cover letter indicating they are working with their campus clinical program.  Address your application to: Law Student Intern Coordinator, fax number (916) 327-5306.  E-mail applications should be addressed to olainterns@cdcr.ca.gov.  If you have any questions about this internship, please call (916) 445-0495 and ask speak to a Law Student Intern Coordinators.

Work-Study Interns

Work-Study Interns must be currently attending law school and be work-study qualified in order to accept a position in this category.  Work-study interns will be assigned to the same type of work as clinical interns.

Applicants for this position should submit a cover letter stating their interest in a Work-Study Position and resume.  Address you application to:  Law Student Intern Coordinator, fax number (916) 327-5306. E-mail applications can be mailed to olainterns@cdcr.ca.gov.  If you have any questions about this position, please call (916) 445-0495 and ask to speak to a Law Student Intern Coordinator.  Please note that due to budget constraints, we are unable to hire GSA’s at this time.

Graduate Student Assistants

Graduate Student Assistants (GSA) are paid interns who work with attorneys by conducting legal research and handling assignments encompassing a wide variety of legal issues. Graduate Student Assistants will be assigned to the same type of work as clinical interns.

Applicants for this position should submit a Std. 678 State Application along with a cover letter and resume to:  Hiring Attorney, fax number (916) 327-5306.  E-mail applications can be mailed to olainterns@cdcr.ca.gov.  If you have any questions about this position, please call (916) 445-0495 and ask to be connected to one of the Law Student Intern Coordinators.  Please note that due to budget constraints, we are unable to hire GSA’s at this time.

Graduate Legal Assistants

Each year, typically in March or April and if positions are available, Graduate Legal Assistant (GLA) interviews are conducted.  Applicants are typically law students in their final year of study, planning to take the California Bar exam in July. Successful applicants will be offered positions commencing approximately 1-2 weeks after the Bar exam. GLA’s may be assigned to work with Keyhea attorneys who are handling inmate involuntary medication hearings and will be expected to prepare legal petitions and attend administrative hearings representing the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  Interns may also work with attorneys by conducting legal research and handling assignments encompassing a wide variety of legal issues, including, but not limited to, constitutional law related to civil rights violations, labor and employment related to personnel issues, contract interpretation and disputes, environmental law and healthcare as it relates to inmate medical issues.

GLA’s who pass the California Bar exam will then compete with other applicants for entry level attorney (“Staff Counsel”) positions. Although bar passage does not guarantee a staff counsel position for a GLA, many of our prior interns have been offered staff counsel positions as openings become available.

Applicants for this position should submit a Std. 678 State Application, (available at www.spb.ca.gov) cover letter, and resume, before the end of January to: Hiring Attorney, fax number (916) 327-5306.  E-mail applications can be mailed to olainterns@cdcr.ca.gov.  If you have any questions about this position, please call (916) 445-0495 and ask to be connected to one of the Law Student Intern Coordinators.  Please note that due to budget constraints, we are unable to hire GLA’s at this time.

Contact Information

Phone: (916) 445-0495

Mailing Address:
Office of Legal Affairs
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento CA, 94283-0001

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