Volunteer Program

INTERNSHIP/VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Thank you for your interest in the Solano County District Attorney's Office. The Solano County District Attorney's Office has a non-paid intern/volunteer program.  The District Attorney's Office is seeking motivated individuals who are interested in gaining hands on experience in the criminal justice system and working to help the District Attorney represent the People of Solano.

                                                              Volunteer Descriptions:

2nd Year Law Student - under supervision of the District Attorney or his designee, perform legal research, legal writing, draft motions, pleadings, briefs, draft legal memorandum, correspondence, and assist a Deputy District Attorney in the performance of his or her duties.  If eligible, the 2L will obtain a student certification from the California State Bar.

Term: typically one semester or school quarter basis. This may be extended by the District Attorney or his designee.

3rd Year Law Student - under supervision of the District Attorney or his designee, perform more complex legal research and analysis, legal writing, draft motions, draft legal memorandum, correspondence, and may work directly with victims and witnesses.  If eligible, the 3L will obtain a student certification from the California State Bar. If so, the District Attorney may authorize a 3L to make appearances in Court to assist a Deputy District Attorney in the performance of his or her duties.

Term: typically one semester or school quarter basis. This may be extended by District Attorney or his designee.

Bar Pending - under supervision of the District Attorney or his designee, perform more complex legal research and analysis, legal writing, draft motions, draft legal memorandum, correspondence, work directly with victims and witnesses, and may be authorized to make appearances in Court to assist a Deputy District Attorney in the performance of their duties.

Term: typically one semester or school quarter basis. This may be extended by the District Attorney or his designee, but shall not be extended beyond two consecutive California BAR examination dates.  Once admitted to practice law in the State, the limitation shall apply as described under the "Admitted" section below.

Admitted - under supervision of the District Attorney or his designee, perform more complex legal research and analysis, legal writing, draft motions, draft legal memorandum, correspondence and may work with victims, witnesses, law enforcement agencies,  or other persons or agencies in the performance of volunteer duties. Volunteers may also be assigned misdemeanor cases or felony motions, but no serious felony trials, and may be authorized to make appearances in Court to assist a Deputy District Attorney in the performance of their duties.

Term: Up to six months in duration. This may be extended by District Attorney or his designee. Admitted Attorney volunteers must be in good standing with the California State Bar and may not be subject to current or pending BAR investigation, and have no criminal actions pending or be under criminal investigation. Use of volunteer hours shall be limited to 12% of annual Professional Staff work hours (for one calendar year prior). BAR Pending shall not be affected by the Admitted limitation until BAR Pending is admitted to the State BAR, and has worked for six months as a volunteer. No Admitted Attorney Volunteer may work in excess of 990 volunteer hours. There shall be no limit for Admitted volunteers in the Family Violence Prevention program/Family Justice Center, or DUI in the High School Program.

Administrative Intern - under supervision of the District Attorney or his designee, performs professional and administrative work for the Management Team and may conduct special studies or projects, but is not authorized to perform any legal work.

Term: typically one semester or school quarter basis. This may be extended by District Attorney or his designee.

Laboratory Intern - under the supervision of the Laboratory Director or his designee, perform basic laboratory duties, clean glassware, stock shelves and other such duties not to include actual case work.

Term: typically one semester or school quarter basis. This may be extended by the District Attorney or his designee.

Investigations Interns - under the supervision of the District Attorney's Chief Investigator or his designee, perform basic administrative, crime analysis or investigative assistance duties in support of the Investigations Unit.

Term: typically one semester or school quarter basis. This may be extended by the District Attorney or his designee.

Investigations Volunteers - under the supervision of the District Attorney's Chief Investigator or his designee, perform administrative duties, analytical duties, crime analysis or investigative support in support of the mission of the Investigations Unit.

Term: typically one an annual basis, no more than 990 hours. This may be extended by the District Attorney or his designee

Paralegal Intern - under the supervision of the District Attorney or his designee, perform legal research, writing, draft motions, pleadings, legal memorandum, correspondence and assist a Deputy District Attorney in the performance of his or her duties.

Term: typically one semester or school quarter basis. This may be extended by the District Attorney or his designee. A paralegal who has graduated from his or her program of study may not work in excess of 990 volunteer hours.

                                                               Application Process:

Once we have received your cover letter, resume, application and commitment form, we will review your application materials and invite the best-qualified applicants to participate in personal interviews with our office.

Submit these documents to solanoda@solanocounty.com or standard mail to 675 Texas Street, Ste. 4500, Fairfield, CA 94533.  

                Law Clerks: 
                    COMMITMENT FORM - LAW CLERKS
                    VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

                All other positions:
                    COMMITMENT FORM - Regular Non law clerks
                    VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Volunteer positions will be offered to the best qualified applicants depending on the needs of the office and availability of open positions.  Please note that a background must be conducted and approved prior to work being performed by volunteer.