Deputy District Attorney Positions

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office is accepting applications for Deputy District Attorney positions. Although prior experience as a deputy district attorney is not required, successful candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to criminal prosecution through their prior work experience and must have actual litigation experience in the courtroom.

Requirements:

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association and be a current, active member of the California State Bar. Successful candidates must pass a criminal background investigation including a fingerprint check.

Deadlines:

None. Openings occur unpredictably and applications are kept on file for one year.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample (including your name as author), via e-mail, to Assistant District Attorney James Wade at jwade@smcgov.org. Applicants may expect a timely response.

Volunteer Attorney Positions

Description:

The San Mateo District Attorney's Office is seeking applications from attorneys interested in volunteering as a Deputy District Attorney. The ideal candidate is a lawyer who has demonstrated interest in the field of criminal prosecution, but no prior work experience is required. Volunteer attorneys serve as sworn deputies who handle daily criminal calendars, research, write and argue motions and briefs, and may have the opportunity to conduct misdemeanor jury trials.

Volunteer attorney positions are full-time and require a minimum commitment of six months. Volunteer attorneys interested in full-time employment may be offered a formal interview at the completion of their six months of volunteer work.

Requirements:

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association and be a current, active member of the California State Bar. Successful candidates must pass a criminal background investigation including a fingerprint check.

Deadlines:

None. Recruitment for the position is continuous.

Applicants should submit a resume with letter of interest, via e-mail, to Assistant District Attorney James Wade at jwade@smcgov.org. Applicants may expect a timely response.

 

Inspector Positions

No vacancies at this time

 

Law Clerk Program

The District Attorney’s Office offers volunteer internship positions to eligible second and third year students.  These internship positions can provide invaluable experience to individuals interested in the field of criminal law.  Interns work closely with prosecutors in all phases of prosecution

The interns’ duties include legal writing and research and courtroom presentations under the supervision of a Deputy District Attorney.  Interns are expected to answer defense motions and conduct legal research.  Interns are also expected to present hearings and motions as a certified law student.  Once accepted to our program, the intern is required to obtain Certification with the State Bar.

All applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  •     2L or 3L status
  •     Completion of Evidence
  •     Completion of Civil Procedure
  •     Completion of Criminal Law
  •     Completion of Criminal Procedure
  •     Must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week (exceptions are made during the school semesters)
  •     Background clearance

To apply for an internship position, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

James Wade, Deputy District Attorney
Office of the District Attorney
400 County Center, 3rd Floor
Redwood City 94063
jwade@smcgov.org

 

Support Staff Positions

Office of the District Attorney of San Mateo County is looking for a few interns to support our offices in South San Francisco and Redwood City. 

Duties may include, but not limited to:
 
  • Prepare discovery (scan, copy, redact, bate stamp documents, duplicate data CD/DVD) 
  • Prepare exhibits 
  • Prepare subpoenas 
  • Maintain, organize, and close files 
  • Transcribing attorney notes 
  • Drafting restitution letters 
  • and assigned administrative duties 
 
Required: Minimum 8 hrs/week commitment 
 
 

Please send resume and short cover letter to Rena Preston, Office Services Manager rpreston@smcgov.org. Be sure to indicate which location you would like to work at. 

Northern Branch 
1050 Mission Road 
S. San Francisco, CA 94080 
 
Southern Branch 
400 County Center 
Redwood City, CA 94063 
 
 

Victim Services Unit

VICTIM SERVICES DIVISION INTERNSHIP/VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Challenge yourself to make a positive impact on your community- support victims of crime!

The Victim Services Division (VSD) is a program of the District Attorney’s Office. We are seeking ambitious, resourceful and hardworking individuals to participate in our internship/volunteer program. The goal of the VSD Internship/Volunteer Program is to identify advocates in our community and empower them to meaningfully support victims of crime.

About the Victim Services Division

The San Mateo County Victim Services Division has been providing support to victims of crime and their families since 1975. Our Victim Advocates care for a victim’s physical, emotional and financial needs after a crime. We do this by providing support, information, links to community resources and assisting in the enforcement of victim’s rights. The VSD serves more than 12,000 victims of crime annually at our offices in Redwood City, San Mateo and South San Francisco.

VSD Internship/Volunteer Program

The program is designed to provide foundational knowledge on-the-job experience. This is accomplished by a blend of online training, in-person training and observational training. Each Intern/Volunteer will meet with the Supervising Victim Advocate biweekly for ongoing training and to assess skills and monitor progress. Highly motivated and engaged individuals will work their way up to direct client contact and their own caseloads.

Level 1 Intern/Volunteers will focus on foundational training, mastering office support functions and learn how to navigate our case management database.

Level 2 Intern/Volunteers will focus on understanding the California Victim Compensation Board program, perform additional database functions and follow-up on new case referrals. Interns and volunteers who have advanced to this level may have limited client contact with supervision.

Level 3 Intern/Volunteers will focus on understanding and communicating about the adult criminal justice system and victims’ rights. Interns and volunteers who have advanced to this level may have direct client contact and provide court support with limited supervision.

Level 4 Intern/Volunteers will focus on learning how to conduct needs assessments, identify resources and determine case plans. Interns and volunteers who have advanced to this level may direct client contact with limited supervision and may have a caseload.

To be considered for the VSD Internship/Volunteer Program, we require a minimum commitment of six to nine months and a minimum of eight hours per week.

For more information about the VSD Internship/Volunteer Program please contact:

Elisa Kuhl

Program Manager
Victim Services Division
District Attorney’s Office
400 County Center, 3rd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
ekuhl@smcgov.org

To apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to: ekuhl@smcgov.org

All interns and volunteers must complete a background check and fingerprint clearance before they will be accepted into the program.

Applications are currently closed. Please check back for updates.

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