Student Law Clerk

The San Bernardino County Office of the Public Defender offers full-time and part-time volunteer clerkships to law students who are seeking practical legal experience in criminal law over the summer or while awaiting bar results.  

Serving under attorney supervision and after completing a basic skills training program, a summer or a post-bar law clerk supports attorney litigation in the following ways:

  • Researching, writing, and filing appeals, petitions, and motions
  • Preparing pleadings, memoranda, and other legal documents
  • Maintaining and organizing cases and legal reference files
  • Litigating motions in the San Bernardino County Superior Court if the law clerk has received certification from the California State Bar.

We recruit summer and post-bar law clerks each year between August and May.  Offers are made to law clerks on a rolling basis.  Our summer clerkships begin in late May and conclude in late August, and our post-bar clerkships begin in late August and conclude in early December.

If you wish to apply for a clerkship, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references to Geoff Canty, Law Clerk Program Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Applicants may include a transcript if desired. 


To view the Public Defender's Commitment to Diversity, Click here.

To view California State Bar Rule 983.2, Certified Law Students, Click here.

To visit San Bernardino County Human Resource site, Click here.