2L 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.
This is a 13-week program for students during the summer between their second and third years of law school. The legal intern program is permitted under Rule 9-A limited license to practice in Washington State. Interns are paid $950 per week (2022 rates) with no benefits.
Eligible for a Washington State Rule 9 Status. This typically requires a completion of the second year of a three-year program. Part-time students and those in four-year programs are encouraged to check with their school and WSBA before applying. See Licensed Legal Interns.
You must pass a criminal background check.
Cover letters and any questions related to the application process should be addressed to:
Lebryna Tamaela (she/her)
Executive Assistant, Criminal Division
King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
516 3rd Avenue, Ste W554
Seattle, WA 98104
All candidates should use the King County Careers website to submit their:
- Cover letter
- List of 3 references
- Unofficial transcript
- Writing sample of 5 to 10 pages
When a position is open, that posting can be found on the King County Careers website.
This website will require you to setup an account. Once an account is created, please fill out the online application for the internship.
If you are a Seattle University, University of Washington, or Gonzaga University student, you must apply via the King County Careers website. We also ask that you apply via your school's job listing systems in addition to the King County Careers website. This is so your school can track its students' progress during OCI. And it also takes advantage of the interview slots the KCPAO has committed to your school during OCI.
If you are eligible to apply via the Northwest Minority Job Fair or another minority job fair that the KCPAO is attending, please do so. But be certain to submit your application and materials via the County's website above.
Because of limited funds, out-of-state, on-campus recruiting is not anticipated, and no funds are available to support candidates' trips to Seattle.
- After we review all resumes, you are notified if you are selected for an interview.
- If you are in the greater Seattle area, your interviews are held in person at the King County Courthouse. If you would prefer an interview through Teams or Zoom, contact Lebryna Tamaela.
- Out-of-state candidates will have their interviews on Teams or Zoom.
Rule 9 interns assigned to the District Court Unit practice in the King County District Courts, which are located throughout King 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 their 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, Criminal Trespass, and Indecent Exposure.
An intern in the District Court Unit is assigned to a specific court location for the duration of the internship. They will work with current deputy prosecuting attorneys, paralegals, and Legal Service Processionals. Supervision is provided by the district court Team Leader, who is a deputy prosecuting attorney with trial experience and by current deputy prosecuting attorneys assigned to the specific court location. The District Court Unit Chair, the Filing Unit and an Appellate deputy are all available for consultation. The entire District Court Unit meets periodically, and each location has regular team meetings. Rule 9s have access to an online resource center that includes stock briefs on many of the recurring issues, templates, and training videos.
After 2 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 Legal Service Professionals 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.