Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney

Office Description Contact and Application Information

With more than 500 lawyers and 1,000 employees overall, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office is among the largest government legal offices in the country. it It is the third-largest government law office in California, following the Attorney General’s Office and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The City Attorney is the chief prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles with jurisdiction to prosecute all misdemeanor criminal offenses and infractions. He is also the chief legal advisor and general counsel to the Mayor and the City Council, as well as all boards, departments, and officers in the City of Los Angeles.

As the City’s General Counsel, the City Attorney provides advice and opinions on matters of municipal concern, drafts contracts and ordinances and approves them as to form and legality, and is frequently called upon to interpret the City Charter, federal and state statutes, and other laws that govern Los Angeles. In addition, the City Attorney litigates all civil actions on behalf of the City and represents the City, its boards and officers in all civil trials and legal proceedings in local, state, and federal court.

The Office consists of two core legal divisions: The Civil Division and The Criminal Division.

The City Attorney’s office is looking for undergraduate interns, especially those interested in pursuing a career in law.


The Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney offers a broad base of opportunities in civil and criminal law practice. To apply for a law clerk position or internship, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Ms. Diana Madrazo
Personnel Coordinator
Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
800 City Hall East
200 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 978-7160
Fax: (213) 978-8317