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andrewm160

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« on: February 07, 2008, 01:16:21 AM »
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vaplaugh

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Re: Obtaining a job in DUI law?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2008, 08:38:19 AM »
Sounds like a good plan, but you could also check other sources besides Craigslist.  Check with your career development office for other sources.

I don't know about working as an "associate" for a criminal defense attorney.  I think most of them don't hire associates.  You might just want to go solo right away, or spend a year as a state trial level judicial clerk.

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Re: Obtaining a job in DUI law?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2008, 09:39:14 AM »
you may want to consider prosecuting DUIs or defending them as a PD for a while and then move to a firm.

That can be a very lucrative type of practice from what I've seen.

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Re: Obtaining a job in DUI law?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2008, 10:37:31 AM »
you may want to consider prosecuting DUIs or defending them as a PD for a while and then move to a firm.

That can be a very lucrative type of practice from what I've seen.

This is definitely a good idea.
Working in the state's attorney's office will give you valuable experience learning how they bring cases, better preparing you to defend them.
Also, the PD's office can give you limitless experience.
Do either for a few years and you will have a much better shot at employment.
Another resource would be your local bar association.  They are sure to have some sort of lawyer directory for DUI lawyers.  Get a list and start writing letters seeking clerkship.
Most DUI lawyers are either solo practitioners or part of boutique firms.
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Re: Obtaining a job in DUI law?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2008, 09:47:14 PM »
Where do you want to practice DUI law?  I worked with a solo DUI attorney in the Chicago area and could answer any questions you may have.

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Re: Obtaining a job in DUI law?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2008, 01:27:21 AM »
Nearly all criminal law "firms" are solo practitioners or small partnerships.  Few hire clerks or associates. Your best bet is to get in with the DA first.  Practice there for a few years, and then after you have some experience, open up your own gig or partner up with somebody.

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Re: Obtaining a job in DUI law?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2008, 01:09:53 PM »
Nearly all criminal law "firms" are solo practitioners or small partnerships.  Few hire clerks or associates. Your best bet is to get in with the DA first.  Practice there for a few years, and then after you have some experience, open up your own gig or partner up with somebody.

I know firms that get upwards of 100 resumes every 6 months.  Virtually all go in the trash.
Whatever you end up doing, DO NOT just send over your resume with a cover letter.  It is a waste of time.
Try networking by joining a bar association and attending function.
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Re: Obtaining a job in DUI law?
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2008, 01:47:15 PM »
Here's what you do:

1) graduate from law school and pass the bar

2) Place a great big ad on the cover of your local yellow pages.

3) Put ads in bars on the wall behind the urinals

4) Treat your clients well, save them money, and learn to deal with the local prosecutors.


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Re: Obtaining a job in DUI law?
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2008, 02:49:08 PM »
I prosecuted some DUIs as a student.  In my state, the Sup. Ct. will give, upon application, Legal Intern Certificates to students who have over 2/3 of their credits completed at an ABA school.  With the cert. you can prosecute misdemeanors - of which DUI is an M1.  Great experience, and I think I could defend them right when I pass the July Bar (although I'm not interested in that).

So, my advice is, look into that w/your State juris.

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Re: Obtaining a job in DUI law?
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2008, 01:31:22 PM »
Any other info would be greatly appreciated.

Go here: http://www.ncdd.com/

There should be a way to network with these people/join the group.
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