Anonymous User wrote:I was under the impression that many offices give post-bar interns their own caseload. Granted, most interns really don't do much, but after graduation, a post-bar intern will have their 3L bar card and can actually do trial work. Plus, you wouldnt intern for a full year, from what I understand. You would be a post-bar intern after graduation until you get your bar results. The whole point is to work for cheap while you wait, so that you can be put on top of the app list
Not the office I worked at during 1L summer. Post-bar interns were identical to pre-bar interns in every respect, except they'd been working there longer. My guess is that whether they give you your own cases or not will depend more on whether the office generally gives its interns cases regardless of whether they have passed the bar or not (this is a huge guess, based only from what I've observed in two offices). If an office has a well-developed, organized student/intern practice system then all of its interns are going to be getting at least some cases just as a matter of course. On the other hand, if its an office that doesn't have a student-practice system, it is hard to imagine how they would all the sudden have the organization and infrastructure (or whatever you want to call it) to give interns court-room experience simply because those individuals have passed the bar.
My sense is that passing the bar usually isn't what prevents interns from appearing in court. I'll be appearing in court all summer long, but will still have a year of law school left. It's more about whether the particular office and or local court rules allow interns to do that type of work.
EDIT: I guess I kind of misunderstood the situation you werre talking about. When you mentioned the choice between clerking and interning, I assumed you meant interning for a whole year. If you're just talking about working until you've passed the bar, then there won't be a choice between that and clerking. Clerking is a year long appointment and generally won't start until the fall after graduation, around when the post-bar mini-internship would end anyway.