Career Opportunities

Prosecutor Academy:

First year law students are encouraged to spend one week learning from some of the top trial attorneys in the state at Prosecutor Academy.  How do prosecutors decide what cases to file? How does a case proceed from arrest to jury trial? This one-week intensive training program will afford 1L students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to succeed in the courtroom.  During the five day seminar, experienced prosecutors from our county will instruct you on the various phases of a jury trial, including: opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments. In addition, you will put your knowledge into action with daily practical exercises in an actual courtroom.  Following each exercise, your instructors will give individualized feedback and the opportunity for you to perfect your craft.   Do not miss this unique chance to experience life as a prosecutor for one week.  The East Bay Times recognized this program as “unparalleled for its immersive, hands-on approach.” (http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/31/how-contra-costa-prepares-aspiring-criminal-prosecutors-for-the-courtroom/)   The program will take place May 21-24, 2018. If you are interested, please contact DDA Ryan Wagner at rwagner@contracostada.org.

2L Summer Clerkship:

Our 2L summer clerkship program provides one of the most hands-on experiences in the state.  Over the course of our 10 week paid program, each clerk will have an opportunity to argue motions in court, conduct felony preliminary hearings, and prosecute their own misdemeanor jury trial.  Each Law Clerk must be certified by the State Bar to make supervised court appearances. Our office interviews for these positions in August of each year during the On-Campus Interview Process at most California law schools.  Almost all of our prior summer 2L law clerks decide to stay on for a post-bar clerkship and entry level DDA position after graduation.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact DDA Ryan Wagner at rwagner@contracostada.org. 

Spring Clerkships:

Occasionally, our office is able to hire second or third year law students for Spring Law Clerk postions. Spring clerks work in our Law and Motion Unit and respond to motions for the Felony Trial Team. Generally these are motions to set aside an information pursuant to California Penal Code section 995, or motions to suppress evidence pursuant to California Penal Code section 1538.5. Law Clerks will be assigned individual motions and write a written response under the guidance of the unit supervisor. They will also argue the motion in court, including calling and questioning of witnesses as necessary. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact DDA Brian Feinberg at bfeinberg@contracostada.org. 

Deputy District Attorney Fixed Term:

Every fall, our office opens up recruitment for DDA-FT positions.  This is an entry level position.  Applicants can apply who are awaiting results for the California Bar Examination.  All interested applicants are encouraged to subscribe for the position on the county’s HR website to ensure notification of future recruitments.  Please visit this link to subscribe for the position:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/contracosta/classspecs/4804

Prosecutor Academy:

First year law students are encouraged to spend one week learning from some of the top trial attorneys in the state at Prosecutor Academy.  How do prosecutors decide what cases to file? How does a case proceed from arrest to jury trial? This one-week intensive training program will afford 1L students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to succeed in the courtroom.  During the five day seminar, experienced prosecutors from our county will instruct you on the various phases of a jury trial, including: opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments. In addition, you will put your knowledge into action with daily practical exercises in an actual courtroom.  Following each exercise, your instructors will give individualized feedback and the opportunity for you to perfect your craft.   Do not miss this unique chance to experience life as a prosecutor for one week.  The East Bay Times recognized this program as “unparalleled for its immersive, hands-on approach.” (http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/31/how-contra-costa-prepares-aspiring-criminal-prosecutors-for-the-courtroom/)   The program will take place May 21-24, 2018. If you are interested, please contact DDA Ryan Wagner at rwagner@contracostada.org.

2L Summer Clerkship:

Our 2L summer clerkship program provides one of the most hands-on experiences in the state.  Over the course of our 10 week paid program, each clerk will have an opportunity to argue motions in court, conduct felony preliminary hearings, and prosecute their own misdemeanor jury trial.  Each Law Clerk must be certified by the State Bar to make supervised court appearances. Our office interviews for these positions in August of each year during the On-Campus Interview Process at most California law schools.  Almost all of our prior summer 2L law clerks decide to stay on for a post-bar clerkship and entry level DDA position after graduation.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact DDA Ryan Wagner at rwagner@contracostada.org

Spring Clerkships:

Occasionally, our office is able to hire second or third year law students for Spring Law Clerk postions. Spring clerks work in our Law and Motion Unit and respond to motions for the Felony Trial Team. Generally these are motions to set aside an information pursuant to California Penal Code section 995, or motions to suppress evidence pursuant to California Penal Code section 1538.5. Law Clerks will be assigned individual motions and write a written response under the guidance of the unit supervisor. They will also argue the motion in court, including calling and questioning of witnesses as necessary. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact DDA Brian Feinberg at bfeinberg@contracostada.org

Deputy District Attorney Fixed Term:

Every fall, our office opens up recruitment for DDA-FT positions.  This is an entry level position.  Applicants can apply who are awaiting results for the California Bar Examination.  All interested applicants are encouraged to subscribe for the position on the county’s HR website to ensure notification of future recruitments.  Please visit this link to subscribe for the position:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/contracosta/classspecs/4804