Lord Randolph McDuff wrote:Arsenals wrote:Lord Randolph McDuff wrote:Arsenals wrote:I'm a 3L with an interview at a state's PD office. They sent me a 2 page hypo in advance. They told me i should be prepared to discuss theory of defense, investigation needs, potential pretrial motions, and potential evidentiary issues. I also need to prepare a 10 minute closing. I have not been on mock trial or anything like that. Where should I start to begin preparing?
Why are you applying to a PD's office if you haven't done any mock trial? I'm already assuming that you view the PD's office as a fall back because you haven't seemed to prepare for the job. That probably is going to kill your chances.
Don't even know what to tell you-- where to begin? There is a real art to trials. They teach classes on it and stuff. I guess go buy a trial ad book and read the entire thing for starters..?
It is not a fall back option. I have been focused on public interest work and had several internships with legal services type offices. Those offices obviously dont have budgets to hire right now, but the PDs office does and at this point I would say it is my first choice. i just didn't get involved with my school's mock trial team 1L year and then it was too late...
Thanks for the side of advice with all that criticism.
Yeah, I'm usually not so critical. My apologies.
Maybe where you live the PD's need people, but in my neck of the woods its really competitive and you would be interviewing with people that literally already had trials under their belt (I'm not talking about mock trials either---student practice act). They could hit the ground running, while you would be asking open ended questions on cross and fumbling through voir dires. PD offices are all trials, all the time. You haven't taken trial ad?
I'm doing it again. I'm sorry. GL
you are super mr. assumer! I said i wasn't on the mock trial team. i did in fact take trial ad and i do understand the basics of direct vs. cross, basic concept of a opening, closing, etc. my trial ad hypos were all civil cases. im mostly concerned with coming up with "theory of defense" and stuff like that because i havent been involved with the nuts and bolts of any criminal case.