Children’s Legal Services of San Diego (CLSSD) is a nonprofit public benefit corporation, which advocates for children and youth who are the subject of abuse and neglect proceedings in the San Diego County juvenile dependency court system.  CLSSD is dedicated to high quality, comprehensive legal representation.  CLS values diversity, which includes not only race and ethnicity, but also gender, sexual orientation, age, lifestyle and abilities. 


CLSSD offers legal internships to second and third year law students who are interested in a career in the field of juvenile dependency.  Children’s Legal Services of San Diego is the only non-profit law firm in San Diego County providing court-appointed representation to children, ages 0 - 17 who are the subject of abuse and neglect proceedings in San Diego County’s juvenile dependency court system.  We also provide representation to non-minor dependents, ages 18 – 21, who are participating in Extended Foster Care. 

Children’s Legal Services of San Diego’s internship experience combines the theoretical legal foundation of dependency law with the practical day-to-day practice of dependency law.  Our goal is to teach our legal interns the skills needed to be a dependency attorney.  Interns receive an initial 12 hour training.  Upon completion of this training, interns then receive on the job mentorship and training from an experienced dependency attorney.  A legal internship at CLSSD offers law students the opportunity to work closely with their assigned intern supervising attorney, prepare cases, meet with clients, attend trainings, conduct legal research and may have the opportunity to appear in court.  Interns will also check in monthly with CLSSD’s internship coordinator.

If a client, 12 years of age or older, consents, a certified legal intern may appear on the record in hearings and/or trials under the supervision of their intern supervising attorney.  Prior to the internship start date, interns are expected to apply to the State Bar for their certification.  To be certified, the State Bar requires the student be taking or have taken Civil Procedure and Evidence.  CLSSD does not reimburse for the State Bar’s fee to process the student’s certification application.  More information about the State Bar of California’s Practical Training of Law Students (PTLS) available at


Interns must be earning course credit.  We are currently unable to accommodate students not earning course credit.

Internships are available for a minimum of 12 hours per week and a maximum of 32 hours per week. 



Application must include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter,

  • Resume,

  • Unofficial transcript, and

  • Your school’s internship requirements

Applications should be submitted to Karen Prosek, Director of Legal Services,


Subject line should state your last name, first initial and period for which you are applying to intern, i.e. “Smith, J Fall 2022”

Cover letters must include the following information:

  • Internship start and end dates,

  • The number of internship hours per week sought,

  • Courthouse locations you will accept.  We have courthouses in East County, North County and Kearny Mesa. 

  • Your school’s requirements of CLSSD (ex. internship evaluation, meeting with faculty)


Application Deadlines *Applications are accepted at any time.  Preferred deadlines are:

  • Spring semester: November 1st

  • Fall semester: April 30th

  • Summer semester: accepted throughout the year but no later than March 30th


Applications not submitted in the manner requested may not be reviewed.



Intern candidates will be interviewed by Karen Prosek and the attorney most likely to be the candidate’s intern supervisor.

Internship offers are subject to successful completion of a background check.


Questions should be directed to Karen Prosek, Director of Legal Services,