State Public Defender


$2,243.00 - $3,499.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under the close supervision and direction of a staff attorney, the Summer Law Intern (SLI) provides legal support in death penalty cases.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Works June - August, Monday through Friday (typically 9:00 am to 5:00 pm), sitting most of the time under fluorescent lighting with sufficient temperature control, in close proximity with other employees, and utilizes typical office equipment such as, but not limited to, telecommunications equipment, computers, photocopiers/scanners, and fax machines. Ability to occasionally lift and transport small office equipment. The SLI will have the opportunity to attend a week of formal training at the beginning of the summer with the interns for our sister agencies (the Habeas Corpus Resource Center and the California Appellate Project) in San Francisco, CA, and to tour San Quentin State Prison. Participation in both is encouraged, but not required.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$2,243.00 - $3,499.00

Effective July 1, 2018, General Salary Increase for Graduate Student Assistant Classification is as follows: $2,333.00 - $3,639.00 per month.

# of Positions:
Work Location:
Alameda County
Job Type:
Student Assistant

Department Information

The Office of the State Public Defender focuses its resources on post-conviction appellate representation in death penalty cases. The agency currently represents more than 130 men and women on death row in California. In order to continue our mission, we are constantly looking for the best and brightest to join our ranks.

The Oakland Office is located downtown in a modern high rise building near the 12th Street BART station with many restaurants, banks and shopping nearby.


Special Requirements

A legal writing sample preferably including substantive legal analysis is required. Your sample should be no longer, than 10 pages single-spaced with 10pt. or 12pt. Arial font.

Please note: Applications received without the legal writing sample
will not be considered.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing classification, therefore anyone meeting the minimum qualifications listed on the classification specification may apply for this position. Individuals who are, or have been, a dependent child in foster care, a homeless youth, or a formerly incarcerated youth as defined by Government Code section 18220 are encouraged to apply and will be given priority. If you are applying under this eligibility status, please note on your application your eligibility by stating “preference under Government Code section 18220”. Please note that prior to appointment, individuals claiming preference under one of these categories will be required to furnish documentation establishing their eligibility.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

State Public Defender
Attn: Twanna Moore
770 L Street, Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Twanna Moore
770 L Street, Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • School Transcripts
  • Other -

    Proof of enrollment in law school or university of recognized standing.

    Official and Non-official transcripts will be accepted. Person appointed for the summer months must produce evidence of enrollment in the fall term;

    A letter of interest; two references; and legal writing sample (see above special requirements section).

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

A strong preference is given to students who have completed their second year of study and courses in
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Constitutional Law, and
  • Evidence
Additional Desirable Qualifications:
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relations with all levels of staff.
  • Ability to maintain security and confidentiality of privileged information in compliance with applicable laws.
  • Knowledge of computer programs such as Word and other Microsoft Office applications, and Adobe, Westlaw and ability to use such programs in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Ability to problem solve and manage time effectively.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to adapt to unpredictable changes in case priorities and assignments.
  • Ability to meet scheduled and last minute deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to act independently and to use good judgment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of legal research and writing principals.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Human Resources Contact:
Twanna Moore
(916) 322-7043

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Denise Armendariz
(916) 322-2676
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail