Student Internship Programs

Summer Legal Intern Program

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

Summer Legal Interns will be asked to conduct comprehensive legal research into any of the above areas. They will also be asked to draft well-organized, accurate, and concise legal briefs for review by attorneys and management. When appropriate, legal interns will participate in attorney meetings, observe hearings, and tour prisons.

Applications for our Summer Intern Program should be submitted prior to March 1st and should include a cover letter, resume, and transcripts. Applications should clearly indicate if the candidate is seeking a clinical internship (meaning the candidate wishes to receive academic credit for all work performed, not pay) or if the candidate is seeking to be paid for all work performed. Applicants seeking academic credit must be approved through their respective clinical program at their law school; applicants seeking to be paid must be eligible for work through the University Enterprises, Inc. (details available upon request). To view all available job postings and to apply, please visit

Clinical Intern Program

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  If you have any questions about this internship, please call (916) 445-0495 and ask speak to a Law Student Intern Coordinators.

Work-Study Intern Program

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  If you have any questions about this position, please call (916) 445-0495 and ask to speak to a Law Student Intern Coordinator. 

Please check with your career center for other student intern options.