carmensandiego wrote:Tanicius wrote:carmensandiego wrote:Not sure else where I could put this question, so I thought I'd ask you wonderful folk. Anyways, 2L here wanting to be a PD. Several interviews with PD offices for the upcoming summer. I'm currently working for a Judge, but for next semester I'm trying to decide if I should do my school's criminal defense clinic or work at a PD office in my city?
If you have any insight, let me have it.
Ask around for opinions about how good the crimdef clinic is. If it sounds good, then try it. They might teach some good stuff. If it sounds mezzo-mezzo, then extern instead.
My school has two criminal defense clinics, both lead by very reputable defense attorneys in my city (chicago). From what I've heard they are both hands-on and many students get their 711 and talk in court (even on an appellate level.) I'm more curious to see what PD offices think about one or the other. I know they're both favorable, but are there serious pros/cons to one or the other during 2L year?
The only drawback to interning at a PDs office is casework & training is totally luck of the draw and the supervisors-while usually as awesome and helpful as can be for interns-are focused on clients and their heavy workload. Usually clinics get to be a bit more patient and student focused; but you'll learn by sitting at a PD's desk also. Cook County is a really cool place to spend time and if you want to apply to CCPD in the future it should be on your resume.