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Current Law Students / Re: Hours per week as a public defender
« on: November 14, 2007, 10:46:21 AM »
@none: You point out a major and common problem with PD offices in general: they are severely underfunded almost everywhere. We may need to agree to disagree, but I do not think that the necessary solution is to implement 50-55 hour work weeks and turn aw

Current Law Students / Re: Hours per week as a public defender
« on: November 14, 2007, 09:15:31 AM »
@craven: Yes, I recognize that lawyers -- along with the rest of the white collar American world -- are increasingly working more, sometimes many more, than 40 hours per week. I believe this unhealthy trend is being driven by a number of complicated facto

Current Law Students / Re: UConn vs. Suffolk
« on: November 13, 2007, 06:07:04 PM »
Why not Northeastern? That's in Boston and it's T2.

Current Law Students / Re: Hours per week as a public defender
« on: November 13, 2007, 03:01:16 PM »
I've listened to a former PD for (D.C.) PDS talk about his experience there, and I got the same impression as you: they work a LOT of hours. But yeah, D.C. is sort of a special case and I'm not sure how typical it is. I hope it's not very typical at all.

Current Law Students / Re: At a breaking point, thinking of dropping out...
« on: November 13, 2007, 02:51:35 PM »
@dividebyzero: I'm almost certainly misunderstanding you, but why are you in law school if you really just wanted to take two courses? Is this like some kind of hard-core hobby? Why not just buy all the textbooks and study them on your own?

Current Law Students / Hours per week as a public defender
« on: November 13, 2007, 02:07:48 PM »
For those of you who have worked in public defenders' offices or are friends with someone who has, do you think that a regular 40 hour work week can be compatible with work as a PD? Since I'm sure the answer will vary a bit depending on location, please mention what city or state office you are referring to.

I am much more interested in information from people with recent and direct (or at least only one step removed) experience at a PD's office. I am not quite as interested in really general information, but if you think it would be useful then by all means please share.


Current Law Students / Re: Proofreading Legal Memos
« on: November 12, 2007, 05:06:40 PM »
@OP: Now's the time to start getting good at English.

You may want to check out a book called "The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style, Second Edition" by Bryan Garner. Our LRW professor assigned this as a required text. It's a

Why not just put a checklist of elements into your outline for the exam? Does Georgetown not have open-note exams? Sorry this isn't an answer to your question, but I am curious.

Current Law Students / Re: Model Penal Code
« on: October 29, 2007, 08:30:21 PM »
You may want to check out the CALI ( Criminal Law lessons. I haven't used CALI for Criminal Law, but glancing at the lesson descriptions, it seems pretty focused on the MPC.

Job Search / Re: Public defender clerking --- good experience?
« on: October 25, 2007, 08:39:58 PM »
I said no...I'm a first semester 1L so I don't know anything, but I'll tell you what I think anyway.

I'm guessing if you don't want to do PI work, then you probably don't want to do criminal work. If that's the case then I would recommend you spend your summer doing civil work. Work at a firm or get an internship with a judge or government agency. At the very least you could volunteer at a (civil) legal aid organization. PD seems like such a waste if you don't want to do PI or criminal stuff. I mean, sure you might get hands-on experience, but will it be hands-on experience that you can leverage later on when you look for whatever work you really want to do?

Just so you know where I'm coming from, I plan on being a PD when I graduate and I hope to spend time at a PD's office next summer. It's just that criminal and civil law seem to me to be totally different worlds with limited cross-over potential.

I'm really interested in what others have to say, though.

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