Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

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2022 Veteran Law Clerk Program

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is currently seeking law students who are also veterans as defined by RCW 41.04.007 to apply to serve as a volunteer law clerk or legal extern for academic credit.  

The Opportunity:
The selected candidate will serve the AGO’s Administrative Division. Duties performed by the selected candidate will include, but are not limited to: researching and preparing memoranda on legal issues involving or faced by veterans and military families; researching and summarizing changes to federal and state laws offering protections and benefits to veterans and military families in order to update the AGO Military & Veteran Legal Resource Guide; assisting the AGO’s Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance with promoting and facilitating civil legal assistance for Washington’s military service members and veterans; participating in the AG’s outreach efforts to the veteran and military communities and meet with stakeholders; understanding the consumer complaint process and assisting in analyzing complaints for trends and possible enforcement actions; and working on possible subjects for veteran or military-related CLE subjects. We anticipate these clerkships will be virtual unless we hear otherwise.

We are looking for a law student who: 

  • Served or are currently serving in any branch of the Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves;
  • Fulfilled his or her initial military service obligation OR, as a member of the armed forces reserves, national guard, or coast guard, and has been called into federal service by a presidential select reserve call up for at least one hundred eighty cumulative days; and
  • Received an honorable discharge or a discharge for medical reasons with an honorable record.

Students must also be currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school and must maintain that status during the duration of the clerkship/externship. The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service and who possess a diverse background in education, previous work experience, law school activities, extracurricular activities, community service and areas of interest that enhance our office.

Required Application Materials/Deadline:
Qualified candidates can apply by clicking the title above or going to www.careers.wa.gov and searching for “2022 Veteran Law Clerk”.  Complete the on-line application and upload a resume, letter of interest and law school transcript (official/unofficial) by March 16, 2022.  In addition, all applicants, with the exception of first-year law students, MUST submit one letter of recommendation. That letter can be sent directly to Letrice Tobin by the recommender via email (Letrice.Tobin@atg.wa.gov) or fax (206-389-2058) and must be received by the deadline. First-year law students must submit a list of three professional references.

For questions about this opportunity, please contact Policy Director Sahar Fathi at Sahar.Fathi@atg.wa.gov or (206) 389-2150.

Recruitment Process:
The division will determine who to interview and will directly contact students to set up interviews. It is expected that the division will make their final decisions in late March. Applications of those not selected will be retained should additional opportunities arise.


COVID Vaccination Requirement:  Per AGO Policy, employees and volunteers of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) must be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. If you are selected to serve within the AGO as an employee or volunteer, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination before you are able to begin work. You may request an accommodation if you are unable to meet the requirement due to a medical or religious necessity. 


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 Kalea Muigai at (360) 586-7698.  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.