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Legal Research Clerks Opportunities

Published on: 3/13/2013 4:14 PM

Research clerks research and write various pretrial motions in felony cases, primarily motions to suppress evidence and motions to dismiss the information for sufficiency of the evidence, under the supervision of attorneys on the Research Team. The research clerks are certified by the California State Bar to be able to appear in court under the supervision of an attorney. The research clerks are law students or recent graduates. Research clerks must be eligible for California State Bar Certification.  Also, candidates must have completed Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Evidence.

Often, the research clerk positions are paid positions. During the school year, there are three twenty-hour per week positions. During the summer, there are three forty-hour a week positions and a required commitment of a minimum of ten weeks. We hire for the summer and fall positions in February and March, and for the spring positions in November. 

If you are interested in a position as a research clerk, you must submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample (no more than 10 pages long) to Andrew Gutierrez. You may mail or email the materials. Mr. Gutierrez's email is All candidates must be eligible for certification through the State Bar at the time the internship begins, which costs $55.


​Deadline ​Hours
Fall: Aug - Dec
March 1st ​20 Hours per week
Spring: Jan - May
​November 1st 20 hours per week
Summer: May - Aug
​February 15th ​40 hours per week