What are the best ways to prepare for working at Superior Court?
Direct court experience is not required for all positions in the court, but relevant experience may be helpful. Here are some ideas on how to build your skills and knowledge.
You can seek training and certifications through local community colleges. Edmonds College has a paralegal program, and Everett Community College has a Criminal Justice program, among others. If you want to pursue a Bachelor’s degree, many good programs are nearby.
To gain experience, you could seek entry-level employment with Superior Court, or other courts or legal offices. Internships (both paid and unpaid) may also be available through your instructors, or through Snohomish County Human Resources. You could also volunteer with Snohomish County Superior Court by contacting the volunteer coordinator.
If you are interested in working with a particular population you may want to volunteer with a non-profit in the area. Boys and Girls Club, Cocoon House, or the YMCA are good places to start if you need experience working with youth. Recovery Cafe' is one place to volunteer if you are interested in working with those experiencing substance use disorders.
If you are still unsure about what type of job might be best for you, you can request a job shadow experience. Superior Court Human Resources for information. Please note job shadowing opportunities are limited based on staff availability.