PinkLotus wrote:How is doing civil indigent legal aid (DV, family law, immigration, etc.) for your 1L summer seen by DA/PD offices?
I have a couple of these on my resume. On it's own, it's kind of a meh job. You'll need to spin a story about how that job supported or led to your interest in criminal law. Perhaps working in DV led you to pursue prosecution, or maybe you saw how vulnerable immigrants were in the judicial system and decided to become a public defender. At the very least, you can use the work to show your commitment to public service/interest.
adonai wrote:I never really understood why legal aid was seen as a plus by DA offices, since it seems more reflective of PD type interaction and work. I guess its cause there's no such thing as a prosecution clinic, except at a few select schools.
Prosecutors like it because it shows an ability to work for the people who are more likely to be victims of crime. It helps to be able to connect with victims and witnesses.