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Legal Intern Program

The Criminal Division of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is looking for highly motivated law students to join our office.

The mission of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is to do Justice. The hallmarks of service in the office are Integrity, Compassion, Leadership and Professionalism. King County provides more than 2 million residents with excellence and equity in the essential services that make this one of the nation's best places to live, work, play, and raise a family.

We value diversity and strive to hire a workforce that reflects the community that we serve. It is essential to our mission that we create and maintain an office that is diverse and inclusive. We encourage you to watch our six minute video discussing our values:

Applications for Summer 2022

This is a 13-week program for students during the summer between their second and third year of law school. The legal intern program is permitted under Rule 9-A limited license to practice in Washington State. Interns are paid $909.00 per week (2020 rates) with no benefits.


  • Completion of second year of law school -- Washington State Rule 9 qualification
  • Must pass a criminal background check

Applicant Procedure

  • Students of Seattle University, University of Washington, and Gonzaga are encouraged to apply via their schools' job listing systems. Those students who are eligible and able to apply via the Northwest Minorty Job Fair are encouraged to do so. Direct application to the KCPAO should be limited to out-of-state applicants or those local students who are unable to attend their school OCI. Applying through more than one channel is discouraged.
  • Because of limited funds, out-of-state, on-campus recruiting is not anticipated and no funds are available to support candidates' trips to Seattle.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is likely that interviews for all applicants, both local and out of state, will be held via Teams or Zoom.
  • Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, list of three references, an unofficial transcript and a 5-10 page writing sample by August 6, 2021 for summer 2022. Materials must be sent in the listed order as a single document file (.pdf or Word format), by e-mail to Lebryna Tamaela at:

    Lebryna Tamaela, Executive Assistant Criminal Division
    W554 King County Courthouse
    516 Third Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98104-2362
  • Resumes will be reviewed and candidates will be notified if they are selected for an interview.
  • We anticipate that interviews will be completed by September 10, 2021.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer.

District Court

Rule 9 interns assigned to the District Court Unit practice in the King County District Courts, which are located throughout the County. District Court locations include: Kent (Maleng Regional Justice Center), Redmond, and Seattle. Interns assigned to these courts handle every stage of the prosecution of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses from arraignment to jury trial. Each intern is responsible for providing his or her own transportation to the district court where assigned. In some courts, interns represent the State in contested traffic infraction hearings. Misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor statutes cover a myriad of offenses, for example, Driving Under the Influence and other criminal traffic violations, Assault, Theft, Indecent Exposure, and Fish and Game violations.

An intern in the District Court Unit is assigned to a specific court location for the duration of the internship, and will work with a permanently assigned deputy and paralegal. Supervision is provided by the permanently assigned deputy in that specific location or a district court team leader, who is a deputy prosecutor with trial experience. The District Court Unit Chair, the Lead Supervisor, the Filing Unit and an Appellate deputy are all available by telephone for consultation. The entire District Court Unit meets periodically in Seattle. Stock briefs are available on many of the recurring issues.

After two weeks of intensive training and observation, the interns will be responsible for every aspect of criminal prosecution at the district court level. This includes case investigation, witness interviews, negotiations, brief writing, arraignments, pretrial motions, trial preparation, bench trials, jury trials, sentencing, and probation reviews. The intern will cover regular calendars that are set by the court, and spend out of court time preparing upcoming cases. The constitutional and evidentiary issues are many, the caseloads are substantial, the calendars are heavy, and the trial work is intense.

An internship on the District Court Unit is an excellent opportunity for exposure to criminal trial practice. The intern works closely with the Prosecutor's Office staff and law enforcement, and is in regular contact with judges, the defense bar, and the general public. The position is demanding, but provides in-court practice, educational experience and rewards rarely duplicated by other internship programs.

Economic Crimes Unit

The Economic Crimes intern works in Seattle District Court and splits time between regular district court duties and Economic Crimes Unit (ECU) duties. Please see above for district court intern expectations. When handling the ECU duties, the intern is responsible for the screening, filing, and trials of consumer protection criminal cases. Most of the cases are against unlicensed contractors who have taken money and failed to perform, or who have done poor work. This position is a mix of district court calendar coverage, trials, and case development. ECU makes every effort to ensure that the intern receives the same amount of trial experience as a district court intern. The ECU intern is housed with the Seattle District Court personnel. The ECU intern may have the opportunity work on one or two felony trials or assist with complex fraud investigations. Interns are supervised by a senior prosecutor and also have access to other prosecutors in the Economic Crimes Unit handling complex fraud cases.

The Economic Crimes Unit expects interns to remain working with the PAO during their third year of law school. Interns regularly work 14 hours per week during their third year and continue to handle the cases developed during their summer term. Therefore, this position is limited to local law students only.

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.

For additional information contact:

Lebryna Tamaela, Executive Assistant Criminal Division
King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
W554 King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2362
P: 206-477-1204
E: Lebryna Tamaela
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