Legal Internship Program

Thank you for your interest in joining our department as a legal intern. Every year we provide opportunities for law students to apply for available positions during Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Our internship program is designed to maximize student involvement with the prosecution of crimes as we continually strive to uphold the laws of the State of Hawaii and City & County of Honolulu. Commitments can be full- or part-time, however full-time applicants are preferred for the Summer semester. If law students are wanting to find short term employments to gain experience before they decide on settling with a particular firm, they have the option to look at internships from the likes of us and similar firms, or look into online attorney jobs for experience purposes.

The length of each internship will vary based on each student’s availability and course scheduling. Work hours and days, as well as start and end dates, will be arranged between the student and the assigned supervisor. To ensure adequate exposure and in-depth experience, regular attendance will be expected. The following are the general timelines for each semester:

  • Summer: Beginning of June to the end of July
  • Fall: Mid-August to mid-November
  • Spring: Mid-January to mid-April


Our program offers a variety of challenging experiences that reflect the demands and rewards of public service. Legal interns will be assigned various tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Legal research and analysis
  • Drafting legal memoranda
  • Attending court hearings
  • Observing trials
  • Visiting various law enforcement and corrections facilities


Internship positions for the Fall and Spring semesters are nonpaying volunteer positions. During the Summer semester, the Department will accept multiple interns and may offer several paid positions to select candidates pending budget availability. Interns who receive compensation are unable to receive course credit for the period that they are paid. Candidates are encouraged to seek out and apply for grants from their school or other sources, and to request course credit where available.

How to Apply

If you are interested, please prepare the following:

  • Résumé;
  • Writing sample;
  • Copy of your law school transcript(if available); and
  • Cover letter, to include:
    • Your interest in the criminal justice system, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school;
    • Where you learned of this internship opportunity; and
    • Your availability
      • Fall, Spring, or Summer semester;
      • Part-time or full-time; and
      • Available days and hours

E-mail the above to:

Please put “Legal internship application” in the subject line of your e-mail and indicate the semester and year that you are applying for, e.g. “Legal internship application – Spring 2019”. If you are selected for an interview, you will need to print and complete the following forms, and bring them with you to the scheduled interview:

Personal Information Form
Background Waiver Form

Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible. These are the general deadline for submissions:

  • Summer internships: Applications due by the end of February
  • Fall internship: Applications due by the end of May
  • Spring internship: Applications due by the end of October

Thank you again for your interest, we look forward to hearing from you.