Opportunities for Internship Opportunities for law students
Law students selected to participate in the Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office Internship Program will assist prosecutors in the Superior, Appellate, and District Courts. This opportunity is unpaid, but students may be able to arrange funding through their school´s work-study program. For information on work-study stipends, inquire at your school.
Student´s who have completed their second year of law school, and are qualified under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:03 are assigned to one of the four district courts in Plymouth County.
Interns are directly supervised by a senior prosecutor, most often the supervisor of that particular court. Intern responsibilities are determined by the supervising attorney and may include arraigning defendants and making bail arguments, handling pretrial conferences and evidentiary and non-evidentiary motions, and conducting trials. Interns may also be responsible for drafting legal research and writing, case preparation, and related duties. Intern responsibilities may vary depending on the needs of that particular court.
First year law students are assigned to superior court trial and appellate units to assist in legal research, writing and case preparation, as well as all related duties. Students will be encouraged to visit the courthouse and observe criminal trials and motions. Appellate Unit interns may have the opportunity to argue in court.
Please note: Certification under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:03 is a requirement for interns who have completed two years of law school and are interested in an internship as a student prosecutor. Interns are responsible for securing their own certification under SJC Rule 3:03. Application for certification should be processed through the student´s law school.