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Jobs, law clerk program and internships

Law Clerks

The County Attorney’s Office hires law students as compensated law clerks. The program is highly competitive due to the hands-on, complex, and valuable work experience it affords.

Clerkships are offered in the summer and during the academic year. About 15 law clerks work in the office and openings vary depending on staffing level and need. We accept applications year-round and interview candidates as vacancies occur. We may post opportunities with the local law schools periodically and sometimes participate in on-campus interviews.

In addition to research and legal writing, clerks may have the opportunity to work in depth with prosecutors on specific cases, interview witnesses and appear in court. Law clerks work side-by-side with attorneys and can apply the knowledge they learn in law school.

Summer clerkship

During May – August, the summer clerkship includes the opportunity to observe court hearings, conduct legal research, attend office trainings, produce legal writings, and possibly participate in court hearings. Summer clerks work 32 – 40 hours a week.

Academic year clerkship

This offers a range of practical experience while taking into account the student’s academic load. Academic year clerks work 10 – 20 hours a week.

Eligibility

Students who have completed their 1L or 2L years and who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to public service.
Applicants should be in the top half of their class.
Experience in moot court, trial team, legal journal, or clinical settings desirable, but not required.

Possible division assignments

Clerks will be assigned to work in one or more divisions:

Criminal Division - Assist Deputy County Attorneys handling felony criminal cases. Clerks with a passion for helping the public may be assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit to assist prosecutors handling misdemeanor domestic violence cases.

Juvenile Division - Assist Deputy County Attorneys handling juvenile delinquency and child protection cases

Civil Division - Assist Deputy County Attorneys who provide legal advice to the officials of Douglas County and prosecute and defend Douglas County in civil litigation in state and federal administrative and judicial forums.

Application process

To apply, submit these materials:

Cover letter
Resume
List of references
Writing sample

Materials can be mailed to:

Donald Kleine
Douglas County Attorney
100 Hall of Justice
1701 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE  68183

Externships and Internships

Students may gain valuable learning and experience from working as an intern or extern.

An externship is an experience for school credit as part of an education training program. An internship is an experience not for school credit in which the intern gains on-the-job experience. Externs are hired as unpaid trainees.* Interns are hired in unpaid temporary positions. Both are hired for a specific need or project on a case-by-case basis. Interested students are welcome to contact the office to inquire about opportunities.

Jobs

The Douglas County Attorney's Office hires employees to fill Deputy County Attorney and various support staff positions. All applicants for the position of Deputy County Attorney must be admitted to practice law in the State of Nebraska and be in good standing with the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Application process

To apply for a position with the Douglas County Attorney's Office, submit these materials:

Cover Letter
Resume

Materials can be mailed to:

Donald Kleine
Douglas County Attorney
100 Hall of Justice
1701 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE  68183

 

It is the Douglas County Attorney's Office's policy that all employees and applicants shall be assured fair and equal treatment in all aspects without regard to race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, disability, political affiliation, or belief. The Douglas County Attorney hereby affirms the right of all employees to perform their duties in a workplace free from discrimination, harassment, or other forms of intimidation. The Douglas County Attorney's Office is an equal opportunity employer. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, disability, or political affiliation, or belief is strictly prohibited. All positions at the Douglas County Attorney's Office are subject to veterans' preference.

*Interns/Externs are hired as uncompensated trainees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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