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?

  • Contracts-Utilities - Fall 2022
  • Employment - Summer 2023
  • Land Use - Winter 2023
  • Torts - Winter 2023

Our Contracts-UtilitiesEmploymentLand 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 upcoming opportunities, please email Teresa Eidem 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: Teresa Eidem
    701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2050 
    Seattle, WA 98104-7097
    Fax: (206) 684-8284