Borhas wrote:How relevant is post-conviction work? I got a call back interview tomorrow w/ DC PD Services, and while I'd love to spend a summer working there, it's not with the Trial Division, it's with the Community Defender Division, specifically with the Institutional Services Program... which deals w/ how prisoners are treated, and their issues, etc.
My gut says working at local PD office would still be a better experience... though I do have personal (non-career/family) reasons for wanting to spend summer in DC.
I'm pretty sure PDS does a trial school for its interns, so find out if you'd still be participating in that.
PDS does have Trial Practice Groups (TPG) for all interns, trial or not.
Working at the Community Defender Division will get you on your feet a lot, unlike in the Trial Division. Also, keep in mind that every 2L who interns there, no matter the division, are in the same "screener" interview pool that occurs near the end of the summer. Of course, presumably just like any other interview for a Trial PD position, they may question whether you are qualified and/or committed to working in their Trial Division. I'm not sure how much I'd weight that in my decision because, even if you intern there, your odds at getting a full-time job afterwards are incredibly slim even if you are in the Trial Division. But, PDS is a great office, with great people and it's a great thing to have on your resume.