Public Defenders Office

Recruitment #1910-0211-001


The Public Defenders Office is seeking to hire Legal Municipal Interns to assist with misdemeanor offenses in City Court. This is a non-permanent position. It is designed and intended to provide entry level work experience for students who meet the minimum qualifications. This position will have a work schedule of approximately 15-20 hours per week; scheduling is flexible and may be tailored to class schedules or other activities. No benefits are offered with this position and non-permanent employees may not work more than 1,300 hours in a 12 month period.

General Description

Provides administrative assistance, legal research and writing support to attorneys in the City Public Defender's Office with the purpose of gaining knowledge in criminal law and criminal defense.  

Essential Functions

Drafts responses to motions by reading motions, searching for similar responses and case laws, making changes, and contacting the police department, attorneys and other agencies. 

Draft appeals and responses by reading documents, researching files, books, computer, and making phone calls.

May perform related duties by interviewing clients and witnesses, providing translation or interpretation and making field investigations and/or taking photographs.

Drafts legal memorandum and maintains records by retrieving pertinent records for cases and checking for accuracy.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: No Experience

Special Job Requirements

Successful completion of second year law school, legal research and writing class and evidence class.
Must have a letter of recommendation from an instructor at the educational institute in which they are currently enrolled.
Must have a current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (Student may submit copy of last grade report with cumulative GPA)

Preferred Qualifications

Successful completion of second year law school, legal research and writing class and evidence class.

Selection Plan

To be considered for this internship opportunity you must submit a cover letter, along with your resume detailing your current enrollment as an active college or university student currently participating in a Juris Doctor program, and a copy of your current transcripts via email to:

Erin Gallego, HR Analyst @

Subject line must read: Legal Municipal Intern

After review of cover letters, resumes, and transcripts, qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a panel interview.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.

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