Anonymous User wrote:get it to x wrote: If the DA's office is in Brooklyn, I've heard horror stories about interning and working there. Nothing on Bronx or Queens offices though.
Could you share what these horror stories are?
Let me preface these comments that I've never worked or interned in their office, but have two close friends who have. The office is run like an assembly line so as an intern you will be working on a lot of meaningless paperwork (which sometimes is alright as long as you get exposure to the entire operation), but no exposure to real stuff. No depositions, nothing. A reason for this is, from what I understand, their structure. Most of the good cases are handled by the top DA's and there's a huge drop off in terms of casework with assistant DA's (who have interns working under them). So they're essentially doing a lot of periphery work either on big cases or handling a lot of run of the mill ones. The biggest gripe from my friends was that there was no exposure and did not get much out of it other than how to efficiently process paperwork.
I understand that Brooklyn does not even interview their candidates, but just emails acceptances to people who make the cut and goes from there. My friends said that this led to an unbalanced summer class and not bringing other students who they felt would have had a bigger passion for this type of work.