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This is a 10-week program for students during the summer between their first and second years of law school.  If you are enrolled in Seattle University School of Law's evening program and are interested in an Extern position, but unable to work full-time, please contact Lebryna Tamaela for other options.  Externs must be able to work full time, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a minimum of ten weeks.


The externship program is designed to give students a meaningful experience and exposure to our law practice. It is an excellent way to become acquainted with the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, pursue an interest in criminal law, and determine whether trial practice is a future career path. The extern positions are unpaid, but many law schools offer credit for externship programs.

Description of Program

Externs will be assigned to one or more deputies and assigned to a unit in the Criminal Division.  More information about the Criminal Division.

Duties may include witness contact, coordination and interviews; legal research and writing; and general preparation and support during trial.


Candidates must have a genuine interest in criminal law and procedure; basic legal and writing skills; and willingness to work under frequent deadlines in the fast paced environment of criminal litigation. All externs are required to complete an application and pass a criminal history check prior to working.

Summer externships are reserved for students between their first and second years of law school. Students in their second and third years of law school are eligible to apply for externships during the school year. Please be sure to include in your cover letter your current year of law school (1L, 2L, 3L) and whether you are applying for a summer or school-year externship.

Consideration for Future Employment

Summer externs applying for our 2L summer intern program will be evaluated carefully by their supervising attorney. There is no guarantee that an externship will lead to a Rule 9 intern position or a future position with our office.

Selection Process

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, list of three references, and a 5-10 page writing sample, by e-mail.  Materials must be sent in the listed order as a single document file (.pdf or Word format),  to:

    Lebryna Tamaela, Executive Assistant Criminal Division
    Email: Lebryna Tamaela
    W554 King County Courthouse
    516 Third Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98104-2363

    Deadline: Tuesday, February 14, 2022 for Summer 2022 externships.

    Qualified candidates will be interviewed by an extern selection committee.

    Reasonable Accommodation
    Persons with disabilities may request special accommodations from the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in order to participate in a selection process or to perform work once hired. Requests for accommodations should be made as soon as possible. This may be done by a written letter or an appropriate alternative format to our offices, or phone 206-477-1204.

    King County Prosecutor
    Dan Satterberg
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