Successful past volunteer law students, post-bar graduates, undergraduates and post-graduate students were highly-motivated, demonstrated initiative, maintained the highest ethical standards with regard to confidentiality of the case details and conversations, and understood the mission and objective of the Public Defender to provide the highest quality defense to each appointed criminal defendant.
Feedback from past volunteer student interns consistently state that “the experience gave me a realistic preview of being a deputy public defender” and “I have a better understanding of concepts, theories and skills required to be a criminal defense attorney.” An ideal candidate for this volunteer student program would be one who possesses an understanding of the work of the Public Defender, a strong academic background, a strong work ethic and the ability to work independently yet ask questions when needed.
Our office is an equal opportunity employer that affirmatively seeks interns of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds as well as those with bilingual language skills.
Law Student Volunteers may be placed in a Branch Court office throughout the County (i.e., West, Harbor, North, and Central) where you will work with misdemeanor attorneys and/or felony attorneys.
Volunteer law students on the Felony Panel should demonstrate not only a commitment to the indigent, but also organization, strong legal research and writing skills and initiative.
Volunteer law students on the Felony Panel assist with case organization and research, listen to and view law enforcement recordings including body worn camera video, 911 calls, witness interviews, and prepare motions and other written documents for the benefit of clients.
Law Student volunteers will assist Felony Panel attorneys with legal research and writing of trial briefs as well as issues that pop up during the jury trial.
Volunteers will accompany trial attorneys to court during jury trials and take notes of witnesses, observe jury reactions, and provide the attorneys with their opinions and observations.
They may accompany attorneys to the crime scene and may attend the litigation of the motions.
Volunteer law students may be placed in the Juvenile Court in Orange in which the volunteer law student will assist attorneys in the Delinquency or Dependency Units.