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Internship and Externship Opportunities

WDA offers law students unpaid intern or externships in all of its departments. In each department you'll be able to gain experience writing legal documents and researching emergent issues relating to indigent defense.  We take interns during the school year and the summer.  We are interested in all students who have completed their first year of law school. WDA's departments are as follows:About WDA

  • Amicus Support

WDA is also the voice of indigent defense in the Courts.  WDA has filed briefs at all levels, from the United States Supreme Court to local municipalities.  We focus primarily on issues relating to access to justice, the right to counsel, juvenile delinquency and the right to privacy.  Students involved in amicus support can expect to do the primary research and writing on these important briefs.

  • Technical Assistance

WDA provides technical support to public defenders across the state.  Students working in this area will be able to collaborate with practicing attorneys and prepare practice advisories on emergent issues in criminal justice.  Past students have written on issues involving identification, forensic evidence, false confession, and criminal procedure, among a host of other issues.  Students working in technical assistance have also published their work in Defense Magazine, and have presented at WDA training programs.

  • WDA's Immigration Project

WDA provides constitutionally mandated advice to attorneys across Washington on whether their non-citizen clients will face immigration consequences as a result of their convictions.  Students working in this rapidly evolving area must have taken immigration law and criminal procedure.  This project involves intense research on the immigration consequences of a conviction, along with work preparing publications and training programs for defense attorneys, prosecutors and the court.  *For interships or externships with the Immigration Project only, please send a resume and cover letter to Enoka Herat at Please note: WDA's Immigration Project prefers students with prior immigration experience. Completion of criminal law, criminal procedure, and immigration law courses also preferred.

For all other departments, send your cover letter and resume for opportunities in all departments, to Magda Baker,, or mail to:

Washington Defender Association
110 Prefontaine Pl. S., Suite 610
Seattle, WA 98104
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