Clinic Overview

Monterey College of Law’s Clinical Studies Program arranges internships for students, enabling them to work with courts, public law firms, or private law firms.  Each intern is supervised by a judge or an attorney, and performs a minimum of 60 hours of work for each credit unit.  Qualifying work includes participation in court proceedings, legal research, or drafting legal documents.
Previous interns have had the following types of experience:

  • Helped trial court judges prepare cases for court;
  • Performed legal research for appellate cases;
  • Worked as hearing officers for public agencies;
  • Prosecuted traffic infraction cases for district attorney’s offices;
  • Assisted district attorney’s offices in prosecuting misdemeanor and felony cases;
  • Served as mediators for civil disputes;
  • Prepared policy research briefs; and
  • Worked with legal aid organizations providing services for elderly or low income clients.


Participating Organizations/Projects have included:

  • Project Clean Slate, Santa Cruz Superior Court
  • Community Civil Mediation Program, Monterey Superior Court
  • Small Claims Mediation Program, Monterey Superior Court
  • The Neighbor Project, Monterey Superior Court
  • The Panetta Institute at CSUMB
  • California Agricultural Commission
  • Self-Help Center, Santa Cruz Superior Court
  • Self-Help Center, Monterey Superior Court
  • Office of the Monterey County District Attorney
  • Office of the Monterey County Public Defender
  • County Counsel, Monterey County
  • ACLU, Monterey County Chapter
  • Surfrider Foundation, Monterey County
  • Legal Services for Seniors, Monterey County
  • California Rural Legal Assistance
  • Monterey College of Law Constitutional Law Center

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