Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:I can't say that #1 is surely true, but I can say that of the 10 or so interns I know, all of us were offered jobs. I have been told this is because they give great weight to your supervisor's evaluation of you. So basically, if you do a good job and care about the work, your supervisor will like you and write a good review. I know that #2 is not 100% true, but most of the people who get hired have interned there (or at least that is my impression). I know if you go to the information sessions on getting hired by the PD, they tell you to intern there if you want to work for them.Anonymous User wrote:I'm trying to decide between summer offers. I heard a couple things at EJW this year and want to know how true they are. 1. if you intern your 2L summer at the Colorado State Public Defender, you're almost guaranteed a job after graduation. You will interview at the end of the summer and if you don't screw it up, you'll get an offer. 2. because Colorado does this, it is hard to get a postgrad job there if you did not intern.
Not sure what the other office is, but Colorado is pretty cool.
I've heard you get your own caseload in Colorado, but do you actually do any trials? I want more than arraignments and bail hearings, which a friend of mine got last summer at a place where he was promised felony prelims and misdo trials.
Yes, you will get your own case load as long as you can practice under the Student Practice Act. Remember that this depends on you actually having cases that go to trial--in some judicial districts this is more likely than others. I have friends who have had 7-8 trials during their internship and I know one attorney who had 0 (nothing went that summer in his division). Personally, I only had one full trial that I did 100% myself. I had another trial that I got in on at the last minute, but I tag-teamed that one with one of the PDs. In Colorado, you essentially function as a junior PD. You'll pick up your own clients, advise them, plea them out (if they want), argue/write motions, and go to trial (if necessary).