spleenworship wrote: sd5289 wrote: cooperlaserpup wrote:
emarxnj wrote:How does someone shooting for Prosecution/PD ideally spend their 2L summer?
This is hard to answer because you said both prosecution AND PD....most PD offices (in major cities, which may not be what you're looking for) aren't going to hire someone who gives away in their resume that they would also be happy to be a prosecutor. Just my 2 cents.
100% true for New York. The PD offices won't even touch you if you indicate you'd be fine working as a prosecutor, and you'll generally have to "explain" any prosecutor related experience on your resume.
It's not quite the same the other way around, and some of the offices actually like to see some type of defense experience.
In my state they ask you to explain, but if you aren't militantly pro PD and admit you just wanted to see what the other side was like, but didn't enjoy it, they're ok with hiring you.
Its not like PDs think prosecutors have cooties, or are so ideologically blinded that they can't imagine working with prosecutors. People switch sides all the time. But hiring a 3L is risky enough, and PD offices always have insanely high turnover. There's already a huge risk that a fresh 3L won't have the stomach for the job, or the courtroom skill, or the thick skin required. Why take the additional risk of hiring a 3L that is comfortable with both sides?
But if you have worked for both sides, no reason to panic. I agree with Spleen (as I seem to always do in this thread), just say that you wanted to see what both sides were like, and have a coherent explanation for why you favor one side over another.