Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Second-Year Law Clerk Fall Recruitment Program

The Attorney General’s Office is pleased to invite qualified second-year law students to apply for summer 2018 volunteer or externship positions.  Volunteer law clerks and externs glean worthwhile, enriching and educational experiences working for what we believe to be the best public law firm in the country.  (Note that this program features multiple deadlines and it is crucial that you submit your material by your applicable deadline.  Details about deadlines are noted in RED below.)

The Office’s fall recruitment program is available to any qualified second-year law student.  At the conclusion of this recruitment program, offers will be made.  Those who receive offers will begin their clerkship during the summer of 2018. 

To apply to our fall recruitment program, open this posting and click “apply”.  In addition to fully completing a profile and responding to all supplemental questions, you must attach:

  • A Letter of interest;
  • Resume;
  • Transcript (official or unofficial) and
  • Letter of recommendation*.

* The letter of recommendation is the only document that will be accepted separately. The letter of recommendation can be submitted by the recommender directly to the recruitment office by e-mail (Letrice.Tobin@atg.wa.gov), mail (800 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98104) or fax (206-389-2058).

Additional information (e.g., writing sample, additional letters of recommendation) will be accepted, though is not required.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted or considered.

First round interviews will be held at the Northwest Minority Job fair, on campus at Seattle University School of Law, the University of Washington School of Law and Gonzaga Law School as well as Tumwater, Seattle or Spokane AGO offices for those that are out of state.  Following first round interviews, invitations to attend the job fair on Saturday, October 7, 2017 in the Tacoma AGO will be extended.

Qualified applicants are individuals who excel academically as demonstrated by law school grades and class standing, and who demonstrate a high degree of competence based on prior experiences.  Law students must be attending an ABA accredited law school.  The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant's background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. We also seek applicants with a diverse background in education, previous work experience, law school activities, extracurricular activities, community service and areas of interest that enhance our office.

Applicants who wish to be considered for an on-campus interview at Seattle University School of Law, the University of Washington School of Law or Gonzaga University School of Law must submit their application material by the deadline date set by the school.  Applicants who attend other law schools must apply via www.careers.wa.gov by August 20, 2017. 

Please note that volunteer and extern law clerks are NOT eligible for benefits.  Questions about the Office’s law clerk hiring program can be directed to Letrice Tobin at (206) 587-5613 or Letrice.Tobin@atg.wa.gov.  Information about the Attorney General’s Office can be found by visiting our website at www.atg.wa.gov.

The Attorney General's Office respects and encourages diversity in the work force

The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained service animal by a person with a disability.  Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application and/or interview process or requiring any information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at (360) 586-7693.  Those in need of accommodation for a hearing impairment may contact Telecommunication Relay Services, a resource for TTY users, by dialing 711 or (800) 833-6388.