Diversity Legal Externship Program - Civil Division

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on March 14, 2023
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Seattle, WA

Job Type

PAO - Prosecuting Attorneys

Job Number


3/24/2023 5:00 PM Pacific



The Civil Division of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office ( KC PAO) has three legal extern ship position s available for diverse candidates for the summer of 2023 . These summer externship positions will run 10 week s, with one position reserved for students between their first and second years of law school. Externs must be able to work between 20-40 hours per week. Due to the ability to telecommute this summer, applicants enrolled in Seattle University School of Law's evening program are eligible but must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


The KC PAO is committed to diversity and an inclusive work environment, and the Civil Division Diversity Externship Program is one significant way to help us advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession . The externship s are designed to give students a meaningful experience and exposure to our law practice and is an excellent way to become acquainted with the KCPAO , pursue an interest in civil law, and determine whether this is a future career path. The extern ship positions are unpaid at this time, but the law schools at both Seattle University and the University of Washington offer credit for externship positions .

About the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
The Civil Division provides comprehensive legal services to King County government, including all County elected and appointed officials, department heads, and with the managers of numerous county agencies and departments. Serving in its role as an in-house law firm for the County, the Civil Division works closely with its clients in solving a wide range of legal problems by providing legal advice and representing King County and its employees in lawsuits filed in state or federal courts. The Civil Division is comprised of about 65 lawyers organized into seven sections. We are guided by our core values of Integrity, Compassion, Professionalism, and Leadership.

Our mission is to do Justice:
  • We exercise the power given to us by the people with fairness and humility.
  • We serve our diverse community, support victims and families, and hold individuals accountable.
  • We develop innovative and collaborative solutions for King County and the State of Washington.
To learn more about the Prosecuting Attorney's Office (PAO), please visit our website .

Job Duties

The Civil Division, organized into seven sections, provides comprehensive legal services to King County government, including all County elected and appointed officials, department heads, and with the managers of numerous county agencies and departments. Our attorneys work closely with their clients in solving a wide range of legal problems by providing legal advice and representing King County in lawsuits filed in state or federal courts. The KC PAO also collaborates with client agencies to develop, fund, deliver, manage, and defend public projects, legislation, and initiatives that affect every aspect of civil society.

The e xtern s will do various projects for different sections of the Civil Division. Depending on the needs of the office at the time, externs may conduct legal research and drafting of legal memoranda and briefs; participate in depositions, mediations, court hearings , arbitrations, and trials ; and participate in or observe client advising .

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

One s ummer externs hip position is available to all currently enrolled law students, and one position is reserved for students between their first and second years of law school. Candidates must have a genuine interest in civil law and procedure; basic legal and writing skills; and willingness to work under deadlines . All externs are required to complete an application and pass a criminal history background check prior to working.

Consideration for Future Employment

The summer extern s will be evaluated carefully b y a supervising attorney. There is no guarantee that an externship will lead to a Rule 9 intern ship position or a future position with our office.

Application Process

Interested candidates should apply through this recruitment and include:

1. Cover letter

2. Resume

3. Most recent academic transcript

4. A 5-10-page writing sample

Applications or supplemental questionnaires that state "see my resume" or that are blank are considered incomplete and will not be competitive.

Qualified candidates will be interviewed by an extern selection committee.

Supplemental Information

Reasonable Accommodation

Persons with disabilities may request special accommodations fr om the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in order to participate in a selection process or to perform work once hired. Requests for accommodations should be made as soon as possible. This may be done by a written letter or an appropriate alternative format to our offices, or phone 206- 263-3643.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Forbes named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is dedicated to making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.