Legal Internship Opportunities

Opportunities as a Yolo County District Attorney Legal Intern 

In the News: Woodland Daily Democrat - June 18, 2010 - "UC Davis Law Students Volunteer at County DA's Office"

IMG 3602: (L-R) Anh Nguyen, Adam Guernsey, Asst. Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven, Benjamin Levy and Remy Goldsmith discussing a legal issue. IMG 6369: (L-R) Remy Goldsmith, Adam Guernsey, Anh Nguyen, Benjamin Levy and Yolo County Superior Court Presiding Judge David Rosenberg at a recent brown bag luncheon at the Yolo County Courthouse.
IMG 3602: (L-R) Anh Nguyen, Adam Guernsey, Asst. Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven, Benjamin Levy and Remy Goldsmith discussing a legal issue. IMG 6369: (L-R) Remy Goldsmith, Adam Guernsey, Anh Nguyen, Benjamin Levy and Yolo County Superior Court Presiding Judge David Rosenberg at a recent brown bag luncheon at the Yolo County Courthouse.

Applications 

If you are interested in a fall part time internship, please apply, as outlined below, between May 1-June 15. You must commit to 12+ hours/week and also commit to working in the fall and spring semesters.

If you are interested in a spring part time internship, please apply between September 1-October 15.

If you are interested in volunteering as an attorney for experience, you may also submit an application. 

We do not have a formal post-bar internship program, but we do accept post-bar volunteers. For all attorney and post-bar volunteers we ask for a 40 hour/week commitment for a minimum of four months. If you are taking the July Bar, please submit an application to us no earlier than April 15.

When submitting an application for any position, please include a resume and cover letter. In the cover letter please discuss why you want to work at a DA’s office and why you want to work at the Yolo County DA’s office. Also, tell us when you can start, how many hours/week you can volunteer, and for how many months you can volunteer(keeping in mind the requirements outlined above).

If you are interested in our Summer/Fall legal internship program, we will be interviewing at OCI at McGeorge and King Hall in the Spring. The commitment is full time over the summer and part time in the fall. If you do not attend McGeorge or King Hall, you may submit a cover letter and resume between March 1-30.

Send letters to Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven at jonathan.raven@yolocounty.org.

What You Can Expect as an Intern
Read What Current and Past Interns Have to Say About Their Experience
How to Apply 
Deputy District Attorney Positions

What You Can Expect as an Intern

First and foremost, working at the District Attorney’s Office is a fun and rewarding experience. As an intern, it is expected that you work with care and diligence in completing your assignments. In return, the attorneys and personnel in the office act as mentors to guide you through the oftentimes difficult work. We expect you will want to make a favorable and long-lasting impression on us. We hope to do the same.

At the District Attorney’s Office in Yolo County, interns can expect an enjoyable and educational experience learning about criminal law, the courts, and the role the District Attorney plays as advocate for the People. You will become acquainted with many of the prosecutors and staff in this Office. You will find that the attorneys work hard but also enjoy social outlets.

Interns are involved in a wide variety of cases, both misdemeanor and felony. A day in the life of a typical intern involves drafting motions and memoranda of points and authorities, conducting research on complicated legal issues, and, if you are certified, arguing the People’s position in the courtroom. We also encourage interns to observe ongoing trials to learn about the criminal justice system and gain better insight into what it is like to be a prosecutor. Ultimately, you may have the opportunity to conduct a jury trial in a misdemeanor case.

During the fall and spring semesters, scheduling is flexible. We are willing to work around your school schedule, providing you a convenient way to intern while you are a student.

Positions in our summer program will be available as well, however, being that these positions are more competitive, we expect a greater commitment. Summer interns work full-time. There is more time to observe jury trials and greater opportunity to conduct a jury trial. You will start the summer with a 2-day Training and Orientation Program. You will be exposed to a multitude of areas of the criminal justice system and the many personalities. You will also have an opportunity to socialize with Yolo DA staff. We are investing in you, and we expect a commitment from you. We require summer interns to continue working part-time in the fall.

Check with your school’s administration to learn about receiving academic credits and your eligibility for our work-study program.

"Success for us is when you leave here convinced you want to make a career as a prosecutor and that you want to do that at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office."

This is an opportunity to begin making a reputation for yourself so that down the road, if a deputy district attorney position becomes available, and you are interested, you will be a top-choice for the position. If there are no deputy district attorney positions available in our office, we will do what we can and contact our friends at other offices to help you land a job on the “statewide team” of District Attorney Offices.

Read What Current and Past Interns Have to Say About Their Experience

Michael Nelson - UC Davis School of Law - Summer and Fall of 2011

I had the opportunity to intern at the Yolo County District Attorney's office during the Summer and Fall of 2011. The office provides a highly structured and educational internship program. From the beginning, we received extensive training from the attorneys in the office, including detailed instruction from the misdemeanor team. We were also assigned a mentor to work with throughout the internship.

At the Yolo County District Attorney's office, you are given important responsibilities as soon as you start. Luckily, all of the attorneys at the office are very approachable, helpful, and eager to provide feedback. My primary tasks included writing motions and performing research, sometimes providing accompanying memos to the assigning attorney. We were often encouraged to argue our motions in court, which was a very unique opportunity for a law student. Additionally, we participated in pre-trial conferences and frequently observed the attorneys in trial.

In the end, I gained much greater insight into the criminal justice system. I highly recommend interning for this office if you are interested in pursuing a career in criminal law. 

Sara Chebahtah - McGeorge Law School - 2011

Interning at the Yolo County District Attorney's Office was a great experience. The attorneys are kind and helpful, and they really want you to succeed. The work is substantial and interesting, unlike some offices that give their interns what could be considered "busy work." The work is also varied, so you don't get bored doing the same motions over and over. They also work very hard to get their interns courtroom experience, including trials. I would recommend the Yolo County DA to anybody who has a real interest in getting substantial and broad criminal experience.

Remy Goldsmith - UCD King Hall Law (2010-2011)

Externing for the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my law school career. The experience allowed me to finally apply all of the theory I had learned in school to real-life, tangible situations. I’ve written on countless new issues and appeared in court on a variety of occasions.

The office is also a great environment for law students eager to learn and hone their legal skills. Throughout my time at the office, I got great feedback from my mentor and other Deputy District Attorneys, all of which has further developed my legal, analytical and oral advocacy skills. I strongly recommend this experience to interested law students.

John Powell - McGeorge School of Law (Fall 2010)

An internship with the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office provides students with the opportunity to work on variety of cases in an office that is fast-paced yet close-knit and collegial. While interns work closely with the misdemeanor team, there is also ample opportunity to work on more complex and high profile cases. During my internship, I had the opportunity to work on cases ranging from misdemeanor drunk driving to more complicated felonies involving criminal street gangs.

While this internship was certainly demanding, the office strives to provide students with an educational experience that goes beyond researching and drafting routine motions. Interns that are certified by the State Bar are encouraged to argue many of their motions in court. Even when interns are not themselves appearing in court, they are encouraged to sit in on trials and hearings. Although legal writing and analysis is important and certainly a key part of this internship, the opportunity to observe hearings and trials has been one of the more valuable experiences that I have had during my legal education. I was able to see the manner in which prosecutors and defense attorneys interact with one another and was also able to observe the unique style that every attorney brings into the courtroom.

This internship also exposed me to the intricacies of pretrial procedures and tactics. Up until this point, my legal knowledge was focused mainly on legal theory rather than on real world experience. For instance, law school teaches students about the purpose of a suppression hearing but does not teach students how to conduct these hearings. And until this internship, I had no idea how to file a suppression motion or even how to respond to one. However, after my first week in the office, I had gained a thorough understanding of the pretrial hearing process and by the end of the semester, I was given the opportunity to argue at a suppression hearing and had drafted countless motions. Moreover, I was able to see different methods of laying evidentiary foundation, impeaching witnesses, compiling a record, and numerous other subtleties that every trial lawyer must understand.

This internship has sharpened my legal analysis and allowed me to experience work at the trial court level. While many lawyers graduate from law school never having stepped foot inside a courtroom, students that have interned at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office will graduate from law school with a leg up on their fellow graduates. They will know their way around a courtroom and be proficient in handling the motions and research tasks that are required in every trial. I know that no matter where my legal career takes me, this office has given me an understanding of criminal law that I never could have received from a book or any law school class.

 

Lesya Paulovich - McGeorge School of Law

I interned at Yolo DA's Office in the Fall of 2009 and Spring of 2010 while I was a fourth year evening student at McGeorge School of Law. I knew I wanted to be a prosecutor since my second year in undergrad and working in the Office just confirmed what I always felt was the right profession for me. There is no better way to get practical experience than through an internship. Yolo DA's Office was the highlight of my law school experience. My only regret is that I waited until my last year to do an internship.

Yolo DA's Office is the perfect size because it is big enough to give interns a wide variety of projects and assignments while at the same time it is small enough to allow attorneys to work closely with the interns to provide guidance and support when questions arise. Most of the assignments given to me were motions in criminal cases and research assignments. I also got to appear in court to argue some of the motions that I worked on. Being able to write motions that will actually be used in court and making arguments in court was incredible.

I got a lot of feedback from attorneys that supervised me and it was very helpful in preparing me for the practice of law. Being at the Office really tied in what I learned in law school with how the "real world" law works. The atmosphere in the Office is very professional and welcoming. The staff is friendly and very helpful. The attorneys always have battle stories to tell and life experiences to share. I have made connections with people in the Office that will last a lifetime. I am really glad that I was able to intern at Yolo DA's Office. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone as an invaluable experience in the practice of criminal law.

Jennifer McHugh – McGeorge School of Law

Yolo County District Attorney Testimonial - Fall of 2009 and Spring of 2010

During my two semesters with the Yolo District Attorney’s Office I had the privilege of writing several motions and research memorandums, observing preliminary hearings and trials and conducting a hearing. It was a incredible learning experience because every assignment was diverse, involving new and complex issues. This was especially true in research memos because the legal questions were often issues of first impression, where there was little, if any case law on point.

As a result of my internship, I was able to greatly improve my analytical skills and become much more efficient researching and writing motions and memos. I greatly enjoyed working alongside the attorneys and getting feedback and tips from each attorney.  My time at the Yolo District Attorney’s Office solidified my desire to work in criminal law, specifically for the District Attorney. I genuinely enjoyed going to work everyday and had fun while doing the work there. I would strongly recommend that anyone interested in criminal law apply for an internship at the Yolo District Attorney’s office.

Megan Lee - Lincoln Law School

Summer Intership - 2009
Fall Internship - 2009
Spring Internship - 2010

I began interning at the Yolo County District Attorney Office in May 2009. I have enjoyed the opportunities that I have been afforded through the Summer, Fall and Spring internship program.

As an intern I was given the amazing experience of researching complex issues, writing memos and motions. On some motions I was given the chance to present an argument in court. Another benefit of working in the D.A. office is that interns have the opportunity to observe the criminal justice process at its best, including jury selection, opening, direct and cross examination, and closing statements. Additionally, interns will learn not just to write motions, but to write persuasively from the perspective of a prosecutor.

It was interesting to observe how each attorney had a different style or strategy. I also discovered that there are as many personality types of attorneys as there are flavors of ice cream. I believe this is why the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office has much to offer a law student who could use experience as an intern.

The Yolo County District Attorney provides something distinctive in the internship program that few District Attorney offices do. Interns have the opportunity to be mentored by attorneys. I was mentored by a seasoned, experienced and skilled attorney. He was able to give me advice and suggestions on several motions and memos I drafted. It was from him I learned that, “attorneys must deliver timely product that does not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good.” An invaluable lesson to be sure.

As so many interns will attest, the Yolo County District Attorney’s office is an invaluable life experience. I enjoyed every moment I was here and would recommend the internship program.

Kyle Muteff - McGeorge School of Law

I interned with the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office in the spring of 2009.  I was immediately made to feel welcome into what you will find is a hardworking, but easily approachable group of Deputy District Attorneys.

As an intern you are not locked away writing repetitive motions, but rather you are centrally located and will be working on many different projects.  I was able to draft many different types of motions and conduct research on various issues.  I worked on a variety of cases from routine misdemeanors to a complex gang injunction.

Another benefit of working with the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is the ability to observe court proceedings.  You are encouraged to observe all aspects of a trial from voir dire to closing arguments.  You are also able to observe your work used in court when a Deputy District Attorney is arguing a motion you wrote or citing research you discovered.  In addition to observing, you can argue motions or even possibly conduct a misdemeanor trial.

My internship with the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office was very rewarding and provided me lifelong contacts with great people.  I had a great experience and would highly recommend this internship.

Joy Abaquin - UC Davis King Hall School of Law

Words cannot describe the invaluable experience I got at the Yolo County District Attorney’s office. There were absolutely no limitations as to what I could do at the office: anything from writing motions and oppositions for misdemeanors and felonies to subpoenaing witnesses for the hearings of those motions I wrote. Working here has fostered a high level of legal research and writing, as well as skills in negotiating plea bargains and confidence to think on my feet and articulate arguments before a judge.

What makes this internship so unique is the willingness and commitment the attorneys have in getting you as much experience as possible. They go out of their way to get you into the court room as much as possible. The attorneys are not only very supportive, but they are also always available to the interns no matter how busy or heavy their caseload, even if it is just to talk about school or personal issues. I am also thanked, appreciated and recognized for the time and effort I invest in this internship on a regular basis. They have also made me feel like their co-worker, asking for my opinion about legal arguments, discussing with me whether certain cases should get prosecuted, and inviting me to coffee, lunch or drinks after work. They hope to see their interns work here some day if there are available positions, but still have helped me get employment at other district attorney’s offices with the connections they have.

Another unique part about this internship is the interaction with the Yolo County community. The strong relationship this office has with the sheriff and police departments has connected me with the People of Yolo County, making me a stronger representative for them. Getting to know officers on ridealongs and in the hallway of the courtrooms before or after a hearing has made me appreciate their hard work and dedication to protecting this county. In addition to the community as a whole, I also felt like I was part of the legal community and the criminal justice system of Yolo. I developed relationships with Superior Court judges, as well as private and public defense attorneys. Interning here is truly an opportunity unlike any other.

Ashley Wisniewski - McGeorge School of Law

I started interning at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office in January 2008. Since then, I have been overwhelmed with opportunities to assist Deputy District Attorneys in the preparation and presentation of criminal cases. I have done everything from transcribing interviews for last minute requests to preparing for and going to jury trial on my own misdemeanor case. This has shown me all aspects of the job, not just the flashy parts in court, but the realities of carrying a caseload and pulling together the resources of the office to be able to present cases in court.

I think the most valuable thing that this office has to offer for other interns is the opportunity to go into the courtroom and get feedback from supervising attorneys, fellow interns, and judges. One of my goals as an intern was to get comfortable in the courtroom by making as many court appearances as possible. The Deputy District Attorneys have been extremely supportive in this respect by providing me not only with cases to advocate for, but also with the patience and guidance I needed to navigate through this new and unfamiliar territory. Through my experience at Yolo County, I have gained a level of confidence in front of the bench and bar that I never expected.

Crystal Junge - UC Davis School of Law

For the past few months, I have had the privilege of working at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. It has been an amazing experience, not only because of the knowledge I have gained about criminal prosecution, but also because it has solidified my decision to pursue a career in criminal prosecution.

I began working at the Yolo District Attorney’s Office in the summer of 2008 as a certified legal intern. It was clear from the beginning that the attorneys in the office wanted to ensure that I got the most out of my summer experience. I was told multiple times by different deputy district attorneys that my internship was meant to be a learning experience and that I would only be given assignments that would help me practice the skills needed to be a prosecutor. From week one, I was informed that I would have the opportunity to appear in the courtroom and gain practical, hands-on experience in criminal law. The deputy district attorneys in the office were very encouraging and supportive, pushing me to take on new challenges and instilling in me the confidence that I could meet those challenges. Over the course of the summer, in the midst of writing responses to defense motions, I was given several opportunities to appear in court for various hearings. Though I appeared in court under the supervision of a deputy district attorney, I was encouraged to present my case on my own, without input from my supervising attorney. Every attorney who supervised me throughout my experience was willing to answer all my questions and make sure that I felt fully confident going into court on my case. Appearing in court was one of the most thrilling experiences and was unlike any classroom exercise in advocacy. By appearing in the courtroom, I had the opportunity to prepare and argue a case like an actual prosecutor, an experience that was invaluable to my growth as a potential attorney.

I have greatly enjoyed my internship at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, because I have learned a great deal about criminal prosecution. In addition to its educational value, the internship has been a fun experience. It was a pleasure going into work each day with the knowledgeable and friendly attorneys at the office. I would highly recommend this internship to any person interested in criminal prosecution

Natalie A. Powers - UC Davis School of Law

My internship with the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office has been both educational and exciting. I have gained invaluable experience inside and outside the courtroom, thanks to the skilled attorneys at the Yolo D.A.’s Office who have mentored, supervised, and worked with me. I would recommend an internship at the Yolo D.A.’s Office to anyone who is considering a career in criminal law.

I began interning full-time at the Yolo D.A.’s Office during the summer of 2008, prior to my 3L year at UC Davis School of Law, and I am continuing my internship part-time during the fall 2008 semester. The attorneys at the Yolo D.A.’s Office are approachable and experienced, and with their help, I quickly became proficient in responding to the various motions we receive, and in drafting my own motions. I was also encouraged by the attorneys to appear and argue for the People at hearings on motions I had prepared or responded to. Getting the chance to argue in real court proceedings is a thrill that many law students do not have while still in school, but it is an integral part of an internship at the Yolo D.A.’s Office. As a certified legal intern, I was always supervised by a deputy district attorney during court proceedings, but whether I was interacting with defense counsel at a pre-trial conference or arguing a bail motion, the supervising deputy district attorney always encouraged me to take the lead as he or she simply observed and answered any questions I had.

An internship at the Yolo D.A.’s Office is an opportunity to experience the fast-paced world of prosecution from the inside. Interns are writing briefs, discussing plea agreements with defense attorneys, and arguing in court. The responsibilities given interns are weighty, and being a part of the Yolo D.A.’s mission to seek justice is its own reward. I highly recommend this internship.

Kari McFadden - UC Davis School of Law

In the spring of 2008 I interned with the Yolo County District Attorney's Office in my final semester in law school. Not only did I draft and argue motions in court, but I also worked closely with attorneys at every level in the office. The office's smaller size enabled frequent interaction with the many seasoned attorneys. From observing all the major components of the capital murder case prosecuted by District Attorney Jeff Reisig, to assisting the Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney in jury selections for a sexual assault case, to personally meeting with those pursuing Yolo County's gang injunction (to discuss the many procedural twists and turns for my own law school research paper), the attorneys went out of their way to ensure I had a positive experience. Doors were always open for questions, and frequently attorneys grabbed a chair at the intern station just to hear what was going on.

As a practicing district attorney in another county, I am so grateful for all I learned as a legal intern at Yolo County and would encourage anyone considering prosecution as a career to apply. Yolo County is a truly unique office that should not be passed up!

Laurel Dien – UC Davis School of Law

My experience as a legal intern at the Yolo County D.A.'s office is definitely one of the highlights of my law school experience. I interned for Yolo during my last semester of law school at UC Davis and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. At the D.A.'s office I learned many skills and, more importantly, that I wanted to work as a prosecutor after I graduated.

The people in the office were very friendly and supportive. Other attorneys were always available to read over a motion that I had drafted or discuss a case. On several occasions I was able to present a motion in court, which was fun and educational experience. After these proceedings the assisting attorney would always "debrief" me and let me know what I needed to work on.

Overall, my internship at the Yolo County D.A.'s office was exhilarating, informative, and just plain fun. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who would like to experience the criminal side of the legal profession - they certainly would not regret it.

Lauren Hashimoto - McGeorge School of Law

As a certified intern for the 2007-2008 school year, I had the opportunity to argue motions, write briefs, research a variety of interesting legal issues, and observe skilled trial attorneys during court proceedings. My time at the Yolo County District Attorney's Office allowed me to finally apply legal concepts learned from virtually every law school class I have taken in a practical real-life setting. There is absolutely no substitute for the type of education received on-the-job at Yolo DA.

The experiences over the course of the year not only validated my choice to go to law school but also validated my interest in the criminal law field. After working at Yolo DA, I could not imagine pursuing a career anywhere other than the District Attorney's Office. The work is both rewarding and intellectually stimulating.

The environment of the Yolo office is extremely friendly and professional. The interns work closely with the attorneys and have the opportunity to establish lasting contacts with them. Certified interns are trusted to perform a range of highly substantial and important legal activities, including the possibility of conducting a supervised misdemeanor jury trial. Few other internship placements in the area afford such an invaluable experience. Also, such experiences make any Yolo DA intern a very viable candidate for hire at a District Attorneys Office post-graduation.

Vicki Azmanova - McGeorge School of Law

"I began an internship with the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office in August 2006. I was in my second year of the evening program at McGeorge School of Law. I had planned on interning for one semester. After only a few weeks at the DA’s office, I knew that I wanted to extend my internship and did so.

The DA’s office provided me with an exceptional learning experience. From drafting responses to Defense motions, drafting motions to consolidate and performing legal research on issues such as immigration, ineffective assistance of counsel and many others, I was able to put what I was learning in the classroom to work and yet I was able to learn so much more that I had learned in the classroom. I observed trails, I was allowed in the judge’s chambers along with the attorneys and I was able to see and experience the court system in person not through my textbooks.

The Yolo County DA’s office is comprised of a great team. The attorneys are professional and helpful. Their assignments for the interns are intellectually stimulating and interesting; their feedback is extremely valuable and provided in a timely fashion. I would highly recommend an internship at the Yolo County DA’s Office."

David DeFrank – UC Davis School of Law

"I loved every minute of my internship. The size of the office allows interns to interact with attorneys in a meaningful way, and the work is interesting, challenging and substantive.

There are few places law students are able to work on "real" issues that have tangible and relevant consequences in their community – this is one of those places. Interns are given significant responsibilities, and are often able to have their work submitted to the court for use in criminal proceedings. And the work isn't just important, it's extremely interesting.

This is an experience you can't have anywhere else, and I highly recommend that anyone even remotely interested in our criminal justice system apply for this internship."

Kendall Lafontaine - McGeorge School of Law

"I began working as an intern at the Yolo County District Attorney's Office between my first and second years of law school. I had entered law school completely unsure of what kind of lawyer I would become. After my summer internship in Yolo County, I knew that I wanted to be a prosecutor. My experience at the office gave me a really varied experience that allowed me to see all the different aspects of what a District Attorney does on a daily basis. In addition, the lawyers in the office were extremely helpful and willing to spend time teaching me what it was that they did and also giving me really great hands on experience during my internship.

During my time at Yolo, I was able to get a good deal of courtroom experience doing a variety of different things. I first began to appear in traffic court to appear on minor traffic matters and also misdemeanors that were handled in the traffic division. This was a great place to begin to feel comfortable in a courtroom setting, begin to learn how to craft meaningful questions of a witness, and present an argument to the court. I also argued quite a few 1538.5 motions to suppress evidence. For most of these cases I had written the motion, prepared for my witnesses, and then questioned my witness(es) and presented an argument to the judge.

My other experiences at Yolo included observing a number of really interesting trials such as trials for murder, robbery, domestic violence and sexual assault. Finally, I was really able to develop my research and writing skills by assisting attorneys with motions and with research projects. I learned so much about the law and the criminal justice system from my research that has proven invaluable to me throughout law school. I would highly recommend this position to anyone considering an internship in Yolo County."

Justin Lowenthal – Lincoln Law School

"As a Legal Intern for the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, I have learned much more than I expected to learn. Being a 2L in a four-year program, I was nervous that the limited amount of law school experience that I had would be a hindrance on the amount of assignments I could accept. However, after discussing my concern of drafting a “memo” or an “opposition to a 1538” with the attorneys who gave me the assignments, my nervousness quickly dissipated.

When I expressed my concern to the attorneys, I expected them to request that I pass off the assignment to someone who was able to handle it. Needless to say, that when they did not, I was pleasantly surprised. All of the attorneys were amazingly supportive, as they understood that this was my first internship and I was not familiar with legal documents or rules of the court. Instead of asking someone else to complete the assignments, each attorney sat down with me and explained how to approach it, what to look for, and how to format my writing. Even today, when I have questions or concerns, I can count on each of the attorneys in the office to act as a mentor to help me help them.

My experience at Yolo DA has been eye opening. I have been exposed to more “real life” experience here than I ever will in law school. I am drafting documents ordinarily drafted by attorneys and I am in the courtroom, for reasons other than a speeding ticket. While generally the assignments are difficult, each attorney thus far has made the time to assist me through the task. Thanks to the staff and attorneys here at Yolo DA, my experience as a legal intern has been extremely rewarding."

Amanda Rackerby – Lincoln Law School

"Interning at the Yolo County DA’s office afforded me the opportunity to bridge the world of theory with the world of legal practice. I had not had much exposure to the real world of practicing law. Reading cases is much different to practice in one respect, yet a natural extension of legal theory in another respect.

Not only did my internship give me this bridging opportunity, but, doing the internship while I was taking Evidence and Constitutional Law provided a reinforcing experience. I had an opportunity a few times to research evidentiary issues. Additionally, every time I watched a trial I would “test” myself to see if I could think of an exception before one was made. I was also fortunate enough to research an equal protection challenge to a grand jury selection. This was not only very interesting and challenging, but reinforced that area of the law.

Lastly, being exposed to so many talented and helpful attorneys I was able to see that there was more than one way to look at an issue. Each attorney had a different way of writing motions or tackling an issue which gave me an opportunity to pick from many examples so I could then hone and perfect my own style. I needed a flexible schedule. The Yolo DA’s office allowed me to work around that schedule while many other opportunities could not be as accommodating. This experience provided me with a great gateway to practicing law and I am very happy that the Yolo DA’s office provided me with this opportunity." 

How to Apply

If you are seeking a student internship, whether you are pre- or post-bar, and you think that the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office may be the right fit for you, please e-mail your resume and a cover letter to Jonathan Raven, Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney.

Deputy District Attorney Positions

For those interested in deputy district attorney positions in Yolo County, please note that we do not consider applications until passage of the California State Bar. Send a resume and cover letter to our Office and also complete a Yolo County application and send it to the Yolo County Human Resources Department. Applications can be submitted online at

Yolo County Human Resources

We look forward to hearing from you,

Jonathan Raven
Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney
Yolo County District Attorney’s Office