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County of Sonoma | Larkfield, CA
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Job Description


The Sonoma County Department of Child Support Services invites students currently enrolled in the second through fourth year of law school to apply for a Child Support Law Clerk Internship.  

Child Support Law Clerk Interns will work directly with staff attorneys, gain experience in family law litigation, and become familiar with child support statutes, regulations and policies. Interns will:
  • Prepare moving and responsive pleadings
  • Negotiate and draft stipulations
  • Provide courtroom support
  • Make court appearances
Ideal candidates will have completed, or be currently enrolled in, Civil Procedure and Evidence coursework.

Law Clerk Internships: Law Clerks are considered to be Interns and as such are not in classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation and sick leave; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Further, Law Clerks may not work more than 1,560 hours in a twelve-month period (from date of hire) regardless of whether they are currently enrolled in a full-time or part-time academic program. Internships are limited to a maximum of 36 months for Law Clerks currently enrolled in an academic programs and three years for Graduate Law Clerks.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Completion of the first year of an accredited law school program, or successful completion of the California First Year Law Students Examination and current enrollment in a law school.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary endorsements may be required to perform the essential functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to: analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence and precedents to legal problems; present statements of law, fact and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form; establish and maintain harmonious and cooperative relationships with other staff members, other county staff, and the public; perform legal research and prepare legal opinions; evaluate complaints and obtain information through personal interviews.

Knowledge of: the principles of civil and criminal law and the methods and practices of pleading; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; legal research methods and how to prepare briefs and opinions.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:
An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.

If selected, students will be asked to provide proof of student status and course of study.

A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org. Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.


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