Anonymous User wrote: wbrother wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
wbrother wrote:Hey All,
I'm up for a summer fellowship via my school to work a paid gig with Public Counsel, a well regarded non-profit for those that don't know. Would I be crazy to turn it down to work for a CA PD office for free? My best guess is no, but everyone has been telling me yes. This is 1L summer if that matters.
My hope is that I don't end up getting the fellowship so the decision is made for me, but I wanted to get the opinion of this thread.
Which CA PD office? Makes a difference...
So far it's not one that would likely hire me post-grad. Santa Barbara & Monterey are my only offers so far, but I'm waiting on SD, LA, Ventura, Contra, SF, San Bernadino, and Riverside.
Can I ask you how the experience is going? I am a 1L PD gunner as well looking at some places in CA (not any of those strangely). Are they interviewing or just basically saying "sure come work for free"? Any advice on writing cover letters? I feel like I am just having a mental block about even starting because I am so anxious about it all.
Yeah, I was the same way before I sent out apps. It can definitely feel sort of bewildering before your start, so no worries.
One of my offers was like, "lWe expect you to renege for a paid gig, but if you don't then come hang out!" I wrote back saying something about my intentions to work as a PD after law school and how I was more interested in gaining meaningful experience that will help gain a PD job than anything else, etc. They were stoked.
My other offer was after a phone interview. Most places interview in person, so I expect that to be the norm. I think the first office was just surprised to see a Trojan. According to my CSO less than 10 people currently enrolled in the entire law school worked in a PD office, so I don't blame them.
This thread and viewtopic.php?f=4&t=215132
can give you more help than I can about cover letters, but I basically expressed interest in the specific office and explained why I wanted to be PD. A lot of places probably won't hire until the SoCal Public Interest Day, but I'm guessing your looking more at NorCal? What offices are you targeting?