What class rank is an A, B+, B+ at your school?
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Messages - SumDood
« on: January 06, 2009, 06:47:14 PM »
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.)
Oh well, I'm convinced... someone on the interwebs says they heard it from a prosecutor's mouth!
Reading comprehension appears to be a problem for you, no? There is a big difference between the work being "invaluable" from an experiential perspective and the impact it will have on your chances of getting hired as an ADA... and yes you are obviously a clueless 1L/0L, and no you won't get hired as an ADA after a summer at the PD's office.
Edit: Also, the anecdotal example of your "pops" doing both DA/PD work during his "career" really isn't terribly relevant to who would be hired straight out of LS as an ADA. You guys can convince the OP this is a good idea and screw him/her over, sure... but just know that that's what you're doing.
« on: January 06, 2009, 04:21:47 PM »
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.
I rarely post here, but had to chime in after reading this. This is TERRIBLE advice. This is either flame or just pulled from the butt of a clueless/stupid 0L or 1L. If you want to become an ADA, DO NOT do work such as PD summer internships, death penalty clinics, etc.. Believe it or not, you'll be considered tainted and they won't want to touch you.
They want the true believers only ;-)
Berkeley has a 2 step admission process. The first step is a first read by dean Tom--after you go "complete". He either auto-admits you (big numbers), rejects you, or sends your app to the committee. That email tells you that your app went to the committee. You weren't an auto-reject or auto-admit. Statistically, I believe the ratio of admits the committee can do is about 1:8 (however, it may be worse this year due to a larger number of apps). Those emails also tend to go out en-masse, so it's bad news if you didn't get an acceptance or an "under review" email.