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ProfileLaw Student Volunteers Law students may be asked to assist in: Legal research and writing motions; Reviewing transcripts of victims, defendants, witnesses; Trial strategy discussions; Collecting and analyzing statistics; Preparing reports and memoranda; Assembling trial notebooks; Organizing evidence. Law students at any stage of their education are encouraged to apply. Students are typically assigned to work with attorneys prosecuting homicide, gang, narcotics, sexual assault, domestic violence, fraud and a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor cases including robberies, burglaries, assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism cases. A student may also be assigned to work in the writs and appeals unit, researching novel legal issues and writing pleadings and memoranda for distribution both within the District Attorney's office and to local law enforcement agencies. Certification is not required but students who are certified are eligible to conduct evidentiary and law and motion hearings, including preliminary examinations, Penal Code section 995 motions, Miranda motions, and motions to suppress evidence. Certified law students appearing on the record in court are always accompanied by a supervising attorney. Training in how to conduct court hearings is provided.
Cynthia M. Klante
Ventura County District Attorney's Office
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009