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How hard is it to get a summer job/internship for public defender?

jacy85

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Re: How hard is it to get a summer job/internship for public defender?
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2006, 08:37:44 PM »
Well, that's not how the PD Office in GA works.

Re: How hard is it to get a summer job/internship for public defender?
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2007, 04:28:52 PM »
I'd expect them to be looking for character and personality more than grades--i.e. dedication, ethics, and ability to take on responsibility quickly.

Re: How hard is it to get a summer job/internship for public defender?
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2007, 07:07:33 AM »
I was just hired for the summer with a prosecutor's office. I did an intership last break with the PD, and it actually helped me get the job. I live in NJ so I cant speak as to policies in other states, but I think its pretty dumb that a PD or DA wouldnt hire you cause you worked for the other side. If anything that should be an asset not a liability, its important to be able to see things from either sides perspective. As for grades, mine were luckily very good, but the DA who hired me said that grades are not important at all to them, they hire based on personality.

Re: How hard is it to get a summer job/internship for public defender?
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2007, 07:35:01 PM »
how do you find a list of public defenders / prosecutors to even apply to?? where do you get their names/contact info??

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Re: How hard is it to get a summer job/internship for public defender?
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2007, 07:00:19 AM »
Your career services office.

Re: How hard is it to get a summer job/internship for public defender?
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2007, 11:47:29 AM »
I do not know how competitive the state internships are.  It is more difficult for 1Ls (at least in California),  because many students have not taken criminal procedure or evidence.

 In addition to the list provided by your career development office, a lot of public defenders maintain websites with their clerk hiring information.