akili wrote:purr se wrote:target wrote:seancris wrote:
I wouldn't think that interning with a PD or DA would provide much in the way of public speaking experience. They let you speak in front of a judge/jury? The interns that I've seen just seem to observe and help with research.
If you want to demonstrate public speaking ability, maybe join toastmasters or something?
I know some CA offices let you try your own cases if you are certified. But since akili is a 1L, it's doubtful that s/he falls within this category. But again, it's widely different between offices.
The MI student practice rules allow 1Ls in PD offices (and I believe DA offices) to speak in court. Last summer I appeared under supervision on behalf of clients for arraignments, prelim exam pleas, sentencings, probation violation hearings etc ... So check around. If you really want public speaking experience there are some places where you'll be able to get it summer after 1L.
Hmm, this is good to know. I'm def gunning hard for a DA's office next summer, but I think most of those doors have closed for this summer. The judge and PD are in Washington (state) and I'm not sure what the student practice rules are there. I'll definitely check in to it. The judge is trial level, criminal court. I have a tentative offer but they want to talk to me, so I'll use that opportunity to see exactly what the clerkship would involve.
I was thinking that the judge would just be a more broad experience that wouldn't shut any doors. I'm pretty sure I don't want to do PD's office and don't want to get pigeon-holed anywhere.
Are you from WA or going to a WA school? I have found it pretty dang easy to land internships in this state. Are you saying you're too late at this point? Are you only interested in King County or Pierce County or are you open to other counties?