Civil Externships

The Civil Division of the City Attorney's Office offers a number of student externship opportunities throughout the year for law school students.

The Civil Division provides legal counsel and representation to the City's elected and appointed officials, and departments, and consists of seven specialized areas of practice. To learn more about the seven separate areas of practice, please visit the Civil Division page.

What opportunities are available?

We are currently accepting applications for:

  • Employment - Summer 2018
  • Land Use - Spring 2019
  • Police Action - Spring 2018
  • Torts - Spring 2019

Our EmploymentLand UsePolice Action, and Torts sections recruit student externs for terms throughout the year on an ongoing basis. Click on the section of interest to learn more about each specific externship. For updated information on available or upcoming opportunities, please email Angelica Peck at

What are the requirements for a student externship in the Civil Division?

  • Completion of at least one year of law school
  • Availability during normal business hours to volunteer in our downtown Seattle office
  • Commitment to at least 14-20 hours per week, and one full school quarter or semester
  • Strong writing and legal research skills
  • Excellent computer skills

How do I apply?

  1. Complete a Volunteer Application.
  2. Provide additional materials:
    • Letter of interest,
    • Resume,
    • Professional references,
    • Writing sample, and
    • Law school transcript.
  3. Email, fax, or mail the completed application with additional materials to:

    Seattle City Attorney's Office
    Attn: Angelica Peck
    701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2050 
    Seattle , WA 98104-7097
    Fax: (206) 684-8284