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Legal Intern

Draft legal memoranda and provide legal opinions and advice on regional municipal law.

Internship title:

Legal Intern

Department and division:

Office of the Metro Attorney


Metro Regional Center – 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR

Start date:

Approximately Sept. 1, Jan. 15 and June 1 each year

End date:

Approximately three months after start date

Schedule and time commitment:

Full-time preferred; part-time possible

Note: This is an unpaid internship. Open to students receiving academic credit from an educational institution and to students interested in working as part of a school-sponsored work-study program (subject to the availability of funds).

To apply, submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Transcripts
  4. References (Please provide two or three, including names, addresses, current daytime telephone numbers, and the nature of your relationship with the reference. Written reference not required, but may be included at the applicant’s option.)
  5. Writing sample
  6. Funding source information, if applicable

See below for further submission information.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Legal research
  • Draft legal memoranda and provide legal opinions and advice on regional municipal law, including work related to urban and transportation planning, solid waste and recycling, regional parks, labor and employment, and other matters of municipal law
  • Assist in drafting municipal legislation
  • Assist in the preparation of pleadings in civil matters
  • Attend meetings with clients and citizens

Required skills, qualifications and education

  • Successful completion of at least one year (two preferred) of classes at an accredited law school
  • Knowledge and proficiency at computer word processing and electronic legal research.

Submit your application

Application deadline:

May 15 (for fall internship)
Sept. 15 (for winter/spring internship) 
March 15 (for summer internship)

Late applications will be accepted but will only be considered if the internship has not yet been filled.

We are willing to consider early applications, if necessary, to coordinate with law school externship programs (e.g., Lewis and Clark Law School).

Mail or drop off:

Nathan Sykes
Senior Assistant Metro Attorney
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232


Equal opportunity

All qualified persons will be considered for internships without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made, or any other status protected by law. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

Need assistance?

Human resources
503-797-1570 | 503-797-1798 fax

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