Recruitment & Development

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is proud to offer great opportunities for our employees in one of the nation’s leading prosecutors’ offices.

We have opportunities for attorneys, inspectors, as well as a variety of support staff in our nine offices around the Alameda County, serving a diverse population of more than 1.5 million people.

Consistently, we attract well-qualified candidates who seek to join our office and make a difference in the lives of the community we serve.

What we look for in our staff is flexibility, the ability to think innovatively, as well as to be able to work both independently and in a team.

Please note: We do not offer volunteer attorney positions of any sort.


Summer Law Clerk Program

The majority of our attorney hiring is accomplished through our renowned Summer Law Clerk Program, a rigorous ten-week paid program for second-year (2L) law students. The program extends from May through to August.

Each year, we conduct on-campus interviews (OCI) with hundreds of second-year (2L) law students from the eight major law schools in Northern California: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Golden Gate University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, and Stanford. Students from these schools should contact their career services office for details on the process. Of the initial pool of interviewed applicants, approximately forty students advance to a second-round interview, with clerk positions ultimately offered to eight to twelve clerks.

Our Summer Law Clerks are certified under the State Bar of California rules concerning the Practical Training of Law Students. Under attorney supervision, our clerks conduct many different types of evidentiary hearings, including misdemeanor jury trials. The clerks also receive training and mentoring from our most experienced trial attorneys. Based on their performance, each student in the Summer Law Clerk Program is considered for future employment as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County.


Law Clerks and Volunteer Clerks

Our Post-Bar Law Clerk positions are only available to candidates who participated in our Summer Law Clerk program. 

Please note: We do not offer volunteer attorney positions of any sort.

Please direct all law student and attorney inquiries to:

Desmond I. Jeffries

Director of Recruitment, Development and Retention
Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
7767 Oakport Street Street, Suite 650
Phone: (510) 777-2308  

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