You will also help draft a variety of legal motions the Public Defender regularly files in the Superior Courts, such as motions to suppress evidence due to unlawful police activity, as well as Penal Code section 995 motions.
Some of the legal issues you may work on include evolving areas of constitutional law with statewide, and even national, significance.
Submission deadlines: In addition to the submission of a resume and cover letter, all applicants must be interviewed by regional office and/or Internship Coordinator, complete confidentiality and ethics paperwork, and be screened and approved prior to being offered an internship with the NJOPD.
The Orange County Office of the Public Defender provides undergraduate students, law students and post-graduate and post-bar law students an unparalleled opportunity to experience the day-to-day life of a working public defender through a variety of placements in our office.
Volunteer law students in W&A must demonstrate excellent research and writing skills, be organized and work well with firm deadlines.
Volunteer law students will assist with case organization and research, review and summarize lengthy reporters’ transcripts, synthesize facts from the transcripts and police reports, and draft motions.Volunteer law students on the Felony Panel should demonstrate not only a commitment to the indigent, but also organization, strong legal research and writing skills and initiative.Volunteer law students on the Felony Panel assist with case organization and research, listen to and view law enforcement recordings including body worn camera video, 911 calls, witness interviews, and prepare motions and other written documents for the benefit of clients.Internships for College and Graduate Students Internship opportunities are available for college juniors and seniors and graduate students.Investigator interns assist NJOPD investigators, attorneys, and staff with a variety of tasks, including: Graduate students in fields such as social work can apply to intern in the NJOPD'S specialized units, including Drug Court and Mental Health Advocacy.Volunteer law students may be placed in the Felony Panel in the main office in Santa Ana in which the volunteer will assist attorneys who handle the most serious felony cases in the County.As a volunteer in the Felony Panel, there is no free parking, although past volunteers have researched and discovered some streets with free parking that are within walking distance.Volunteers with felony panel attorneys will be considered a member of the defense team.Volunteer law students working in the Writs & Appeals unit in the main office in Santa Ana will assist attorneys with the research and writing of appeals as well as writs of habeas corpus.Our office is an equal opportunity employer that affirmatively seeks interns of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds as well as those with bilingual language skills.Law Student Volunteers may be placed in a Branch Court office throughout the County (i.e., West, Harbor, North, and Central) where you will work with misdemeanor attorneys and/or felony attorneys.