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Bucks County District Attorney's Office Summer Internship Program

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office features the premier summer internship program in the Philadelphia area for law students. Every summer the office hires six second-year law students to work as Certified Legal Interns and two first-year law students.

The Summer Internship Program runs for ten weeks, typically from the end of May to the beginning of August. The interns are reimbursed for their work through their respective law school’s work-study program.

Over the past few years, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office Summer Internship Program has accepted students from law schools throughout the area, including the following:

Villanova University School of Law
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
Widener University School of Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
Duquesne University School of Law
University of Pennsylvania Law School
American University
Seton Hall University School of Law  
Rutgers University School of Law

When hiring for full time positions, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office has always made it a practice to first consider those applicants that worked in the Summer Internship Program. At the current time, many of the Assistant District Attorney’s employed by the District Attorney’s Office began their careers in the Summer Internship Program.

Students seeking to apply for the Summer Internship Program should submit their application directly to the District Attorney’s Office between the November and February months before the summer they wish to work. The application should include a cover letter, resume, writing sample and law school transcript. Interested students should also review the criteria listed below to ensure they meet the necessary qualifications.

Second-Year Law School Students

Intern Responsibilities
Interns have two primary responsibilities. First, interns conduct preliminary hearings for criminal cases before local District Justices. Second, interns work closely with attorneys in the office on researching and writing appellate briefs.

In addition to those responsibilities, interns will have ample opportunity to observe court proceedings for criminal cases currently being prosecuted in the Court of Common Pleas. Interns will also have the opportunity to visit various facilities in Bucks County, including the Bucks County Correctional Facility, the Police Training Center, local police departments, and laboratories utilized by the DA’s Office.

Applicant Requirements
All applicants for the second-year law school internship must have the following:

  • Completed two full years of law school prior to the start of the internship.
  • Excellent grades.
  • The access to a vehicle for daily use.
  • Secured Certified Legal Internship status through the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (see your law school career planning office for details).
  • The desire to obtain intensive courtroom experience as a prosecutor.

First-Year Law School Students

Intern Responsibilities
This person works closely with all of the prosecutors in the office on research projects for cases currently being prosecuted, as well as on appeals pending in the state and federal appellate courts. This is an extremely unique position that allows a first-year law student to gain an excellent understanding of what it takes to be a prosecutor. This intern is also well positioned to apply for the second-year law student internship program the following summer.

In addition to those responsibilities, interns will have ample opportunity to observe court proceedings for criminal cases currently being prosecuted in the Court of Common Pleas. Interns will also have the opportunity to visit various facilities in Bucks County, including the Bucks County Correctional Facility, the Police Training Center, local police departments, and laboratories utilized by the DA’s Office.

Applicant Requirements
All applicants for the first-year law student internship must have the following:

  • Completed one full year of law school prior to the start of the internship
  • Excellent grades.
  • The access to a vehicle for daily use.
  • The desire to pursue a career with the District Attorney’s Office

To learn more about the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office Summer Internship Program, please contact your law school’s Career Planning Office, or call or e-mail:

Thomas C. Gannon
Assistant District Attorney
tcgannon@co.bucks.pa.us
(215) 348-6461

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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