CSAO: Internships with the Division of Criminal Justice

Internships with the Division of Criminal Justice

Deadline for Summer 2019 Internship Applications is Monday, April 1, 2019  

The Division of Criminal Justice offers an internship program to acquaint law students with Connecticutís criminal justice system, in particular the role of the prosecutor. The internship program is an important component of the Division of Criminal Justice Affirmative Action initiative and outreach to the community.

An intern may be placed in a Bureau in the Office of the Chief Stateís Attorney in Rocky Hill or in any of the approximately fifty Division of Criminal Justice offices around the state -- preferably close to the studentís residence. Subject to interest and availability, intern field trips may be scheduled to the Connecticut State Police Forensic Laboratory, a correctional facility, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Basic Requirements for an Internship:

  • The applicant must have completed one full year at an American Bar Association-accredited law school and must be in good standing academically.
  • All students applying for an internship are subject to a background check.
  • A summer intern must commit to a minimum of three days a week for six weeks.
  • Students who are doing a for-credit internship during the academic year must comply with their law schoolsí requirements for academic credit and be supervised by a law professor and a prosecutor.
  • Interns must maintain strict confidentiality about the contents of the prosecutorsí files and about cases they hear discussed in the prosecutorsí offices.
  • Interns at all times must dress appropriately, act professionally and show respect for crime victims, witnesses, court personnel, office staff, defendants and their attorneys.
  • Students who wish to appear in court must meet the requirements of Practice Book Section 3-14, et. seq. ( Follow this link to read the applicable Practice Book sections - PDF File - Size 36KB - Adobe Acrobat Reader Required. The free Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from www.adobe.com )

An Intern's Duties

Depending on a studentís aptitude, level of legal education, and designated office, and in compliance with Connecticut Practice Book Rules, the following experiences are available under the supervision of a prosecutor: calling the docket, handling arraignments, preparing and arguing bond motions, performing legal research, writing memos, attending pre-trial conferences and plea negotiations, assisting at jury selection, meeting with witnesses and victims.

How To Apply

Interested law students must submit an application, a letter of interest including the subject area of the law or geographical location where they prefer to serve along with a resume and their most recent academic transcript by email to DCJ.internship@ct.gov  or by U.S. Mail to:

Office of the Chief State's Attorney
Attn: Human Resources/Equal Employment Opportunities
300 Corporate Place
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

The deadline for applications for summer 2019 internships is Monday, April 1, 2019.

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