What class rank is an A, B+, B+ at your school?
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SumDood, you are full of crap. Not a clueless 0L/1L. You don't work in a death penalty clinic (duh), but this is California, not Texas. Working in the public defender's office is fine. They want people who are interested in criminal law and have criminal law experience. I know several PD/DA summer splits, and my pops did both at different points in his career. Also, working with local judges would be helpful. (Unless that would "taint" you too.)
I agree with you that, in at least some jurisdictions, a stint at a PD's office is invaluable. I've heard this straight from a prosecutor's mouth.
Also, I know you want to do DA's office post-grad, but taking a spin in the public defender's office would probably be invaluable. You'll see how it looks from the other side, how the office functions, and build good connections. It will be much easier to place yourself in opposing counsel's shoes if you've been there. And you could sure as hell spin that in an interview wiht a DA's office.