Law Clerk




33 North Stone Avenue
21st floor
United States


The Pima County Public Defender in Tucson, Arizona welcomes applications from potential summer law clerks. Law clerks are expected to be rising 2Ls or rising 3Ls. All applicants must have a well-established interest in public defense and criminal justice issues, and must have strong writing and research skills.

Summer law clerks gain critical practice experience assisting clients at all phases of criminal cases under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Students learn such skills as effective oral advocacy through attending court, client interviewing and relationship building at the Pima County Jail, motions writing and argumentation, plea bargaining, sentencing preparation and advocacy, witness interviewing, and trial strategy development and implementation.

Clerks also participate in a weekly brown bag learning opportunity, law clerk meetings with the supervisor of the program, and are encouraged to be an active part of any and all office activities. In the past, this has included topics such as crimmigration, appellate criminal defense work, mitigation from the perspective of a formerly incarcerated person, and Operation Streamline. Clerks have also held a meeting with a Pima County Superior Court judge in her chambers, gone on a behind-the-scenes Pima County Jail tour, and attended juvenile court. Tucson is an affordable, beautiful place to live and work, and offers many outdoor opportunities in the Sonoran Desert.

This program accepts Federal Work Study students- please check with your law school in advance to confirm their participation, as each law school is different. We also accept students who are funded through their school in other ways (e.g. a public interest summer scholarship award). Official Job Description at this link,

Pima County provides equal access and equal opportunity in employment and services and does not discriminate.

How To Apply

Individuals interested in becoming a summer law clerk practitioner should send a cover letter, resume, 3 references, and a writing sample to for consideration or with questions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and it is anticipated that Skype or in-person interviews will be held January 7th-14th, 2019, with final decisions made by Friday, January 18th, 2019.