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The Department accepts applications for internships and externships on a year-round basis. It also has a robust summer intern program that includes significant training opportunities, active supervision, a variety of courtroom experiences and coaching and mentoring from excellent public defenders. 

2L and Rule 9 opportunities

DPD provides opportunities for 2L and Rule 9-qualified students to intern in the Director's Office and at one of the four divisions that provide legal representation to clients. Rule 9 interns are able to represent clients, receiving active supervision and intensive training in both procedure and trial skills. Both 2L and Rule 9 students will assist in writing and research projects in all of DPD's practice areas and be able to view various substantive court hearings, assist with preparation for such hearings, meet clients, visit the jail and other facilities where clients are housed, and assist with investigations, record gathering, and more. There are also positions in the Director’s Office, where 2Ls and Rule 9s will assist in editing and gathering resources and briefs, policy drafting, legislative response, and other macro-level functions to assist defenders and their clients. Possible placements are in Seattle, Redmond or Kent. All offices are accessible via public transportation. All hiring for these positions occur centrally.

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La Mer Kyle-Griffiths, DPD's training director, works with interns during a training session.

IL opportunities

DPD also provides opportunities for 1L students to intern in the Director's Office or at one of the four divisions that provide legal representation to clients. 1L interns will assist in research and writing projects in all of DPD's practice areas and will be able to view various substantive court hearings, assist with preparation for such hearings, meet clients, visit the jail or other facilities where clients are housed, assist with investigations, record gathering, and more. Within the Director’s Office, interns will assist in editing and gathering resources and briefs, policy drafting, legislative responses and other macro-level functions to assist defenders and their clients. Possible placements are in Seattle, Redmond or Kent. All offices are accessible via public transportation. All hiring occurs centrally 

How to apply

If you'd like to be considered for an intership or externship position, contact La Mer Kyle-Griffiths, DPD's training director, at DPDinternApplications@kingcounty.gov. Include a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three references. Please also mention your preferred start and end dates as well as any geographic preference.

 

 

Lorinda Youngcourt

King County Public Defender
Lorinda Youngcourt

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If you'd like to invite Lorinda or someone else from the Department of Public Defense to speak to your organization, please send your request to DPD at dpd@kingcounty.gov.