Anonymous User wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
dextermorgan wrote:I'm applying for 1L positions with PD and Juvenile PD offices. Does anyone know what 1L summer positions entail in these organizations, or have any advice for securing them? Obviously I haven't taken evidence, trial ad, or anything remotely useful. I was a social worker with parolees for over two years prior to law school.
Ditto, but wanna know about securing 1L positions in DAs offices. Have work experience serving DV victims but like poster above, haven't had the chance to take any remotely useful classes yet (will take crim in the spring, selected crim pro and evidence as top choices for my 1L spring elective)
I interned with a DA office 1L and it pretty much was just observing court, helping with paperwork (while in court) and making recs on misdemeanor cases. I basically called every DA office within driving distance starting Feb 1st. I ended up getting a job without interviewing.
Honestly, you won't really get substantive work as a 1L but it show dedication when your 2L summer starts. It's better than working for a judge, in my opinion, because everyone does that.
This really depends on the office, and your personal goals for what you want to get out of the summer. I wrote motions all summer at my PD office. Probably three out of five days a week were spent in front of a computer researching and writing. On the other days, I'd be skipping across the street to watch some kind of trial or following an attorney to the jail.
 I should clarify the reason I did so much motion writing was because that's what I wanted to do. I did not think of myself as a particularly strong legal writer, so I kept the motion assignments flowing to my desk. When you're essentially a volunteer intern, you have more control over what you do than at, say, a firm summer. If you want to spend the entire summer watching court, you pretty much can do that. If you want to do substantive work, then just tell the person in charge and you'll have the cases flooding in before you can blink.