Law Clerk

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office seeks applicants for the paid position of Research Law Clerk for those who have a genuine interest in prosecution, as demonstrated by an applicant’s background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm. Research Law Clerks will assume significant responsibilities and have an opportunity to gain vast exposure to various aspects of criminal prosecution.

Principal duties of the position include researching criminal law issues and drafting legal memoranda and pleadings for prosecutors throughout the Office. Research Law Clerks may have the opportunity to observe court hearings, portions of criminal trials, and appellate oral arguments. Students do not need to be Rule 38 certified. Research Law Clerks are expected to work full time during the summer and part time, up to 20 hours per week, when enrolled for any semester.

Position is open to second-semester 2Ls, all 3Ls, and recent graduates who possess a strong academic record, exemplary legal research and writing skills, and keen analytical ability. The applicant must also be proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Word and on-line legal research tools. The applicant must demonstrate attention to detail, effective verbal and written communication, legal problem solving, and must be able to work effectively both independently and in a team environment.

MCAO requires a thorough background check of all successful candidates and is authorized to test prospective employees for the presence of illegally accessed drugs. Drug testing is conducted once an offer has been extended and prior to placement.


Recent Graduate:$19.25/hr.

How to Apply:
Please forward the following to: [email protected]

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial Transcript
  4. Writing sample (5 to 7 pages)
     Note: If prior MCAO experience, please submit a non-MCAO-related writing sample.

You will be contacted by phone or email if selected for an interview. Personal interview is mandatory.