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The Office of Legislative Counsel hires summer interns to work in the Legal Division and, on occasion, in other departments.

In the Legal Division, six to eight law students are typically selected to serve internships each summer. Each intern is assigned a mentor, and given the opportunity to draft legislation, work on legal opinions, attend committee hearings and floor sessions of the Legislature, and otherwise be provided an exposure to the legal work of the office and the legislative environment. Because we are a state civil service agency, we can make offers of employment for our attorney classifications only pursuant to the open civil service examination we conduct each fall. However, service as an intern does provide an applicant with an understanding of the position that is useful in that examination process.

Due to its temporary nature, this position does not convey civil service status. However, an open civil service examination for permanent legal employment is given near the end of the summer internship period, which is available to law students who participate in the program. A candidate who is successful in this examination may receive an offer for legal employment to commence after graduation from law school.

The OLC also provides an introduction to legal practice in State service primarily designed for law school graduates, not yet certified by The California State Bar Association. It enables State departments to utilize the services of law school graduates who are awaiting the results of The California State Bar examination for sub-professional legal work, and facilitates recruitment of recent graduates for legal careers in State service.

Law school graduates must demonstrate acceptable progress toward higher level (i.e., the Deputy Legislative Counsel class) in order to continue their employment in the class. As one measure of this progress, an incumbent must successfully pass the written portion of The State Bar examination within 12 months of appointment. Failure to meet this standard will be considered evidence of unsatisfactory progress and cause for rejection during the probationary period.

Internship Application Process


  • An annual request is made to career services offices of law schools throughout California to collect a resume and cover letter from each interested student. Cover letters and resumes are forwarded to OLC by a specific date in September. Resumes may also be sent directly by the applicant to the OLC Human Resources Office at 925 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
  • Interviews are conducted in October with selected applicants at central locations in Sacramento, San Francisco, and either Los Angeles or San Diego, and offers for intern positions are made within a couple of weeks thereafter.

Program Requirements for Legal Interns


  • Law School Students: As of preceding summer, will have one year of law school remaining
  • Law School Graduates: Not yet certified by The California State Bar Association

Internship Compensation


  • The recruitment and placement of Student Assistants is managed by (UEI) which will include verification of minimum qualifications, college transcripts, etc. Once hired, Student Assistants may earn up to $18.16 per hour, paid once a month, based on the number of hours worked during the preceding month.

Note: Hourly amount current as of June 1, 2016.