Law Clerk Program
Career Opportunities for Law Students
View the opportunities below for law students or view our printable brochure. You can also read former participant testimonials.
Quality Public Law Practice
The Coconino County Attorney’s Office serves as the chief prosecutor of felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile crime cases throughout the County, and as counsel to the County in a wide variety of civil matters.
Lawyers & Region
We are 20 lawyers all told (including the county attorney and chief deputy), with 14 prosecutors in the Criminal Division and four attorneys in the Civil Division. We have assembled a group of lawyers who have earned state-wide recognition for excellence, who have a heart for public service, and who feel strongly connected to the extraordinary mountain and canyon country of the Four Corners region.
Our Criminal Division operates as a tight-knit moderate-size law firm. Our office culture, practices, and policies encourage collegiality, mutual support, and peer review. As a result, we are able to maintain a high level of trial practice and provide justice that, so far as practicable, is individually tailored to each case. Your hands-on legal experience with the Criminal Division includes:
- Working with experienced prosecutors in all phases of criminal cases
- Performing legal research, drafting motions to be filed in court, and getting experienced attorney feedback
- Observing and participating in trials, evidentiary hearings, and oral arguments
- Experiencing life as a prosecutor
Lawyers in our Civil Division advise and represent in litigation the Board of Supervisors, Planning and Zoning Commission, all elected and appointed officials of the County, and various special districts. Their practice thus spans a broad spectrum of areas from elections law to environmental law and from tort defense to zoning enforcement. Your hands-on experience with the Civil Division includes:
- Working closely with experienced civil attorneys in advising government clients
- Performing legal research in diverse areas of civil litigation and administrative law
- Participating in court proceedings, public meetings, and policy discussions
- Under attorney supervision, drafting memoranda and pleadings in a wide variety of litigation matters
- Learning about land use, water and environment, employment, property, tax, guardianship, and mental health issues
Real Mentoring & Experience
Our Law Clerk Program reaches out to students in all three years of law school. We are just as interested in you as a person as we are in you as a young lawyer. Our program and work environment are designed to engage, challenge, and nurture young lawyers. Our senior attorneys are among the best public lawyers in the state and our law clerks work closely with them on specific assignments, as part of a team in strategy sessions, and in the court room. We promise you will get consistent, valuable feedback on your work from first-rate, experienced lawyers.
We use our Law Clerk Program as a primary source of recruiting our attorneys. Although we are less able to predict our hiring needs than are large agencies, we often have greater flexibility in our hiring process. For this reason, and because most of our law clerks have been outstanding young lawyers, we have found ways to bring several of the them on to our prosecution team after graduation.
While we work hard, we also believe strongly in a balanced life; a life that includes enjoying Arizona’s high country. We have some of the most beautiful mountain and canyon country in the West:
- Lake Powell
- Navajo and Hopi lands
- Oak Creek Canyon
- The Grand Canyon
- The Red Rock Country of Sedona
- The San Francisco Peaks
We have world-class mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, and water skiing. It’s either here in Flagstaff or an easy drive away from our offices in historic downtown. And, Flagstaff itself has become one the West’s coolest places to be, especially during the summer. After sundown, Flagstaff rocks with restaurants, outdoor concerts, live music bars, micro breweries, art galleries, or just hanging out. There are lots of young people. It’s a kick. You’ll love it!