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Public Defender West Coast Options

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:04 pm
by sidfinch
I am looking to try and get into a public defender's office somewhere on the west side of the country (CA, AZ, NV, UT, NM, CO, WA or OR) and was wondering if any other user's have worked at an office in the summer which ultimately lead to a permanent position. If I was looking to interview for 2L summer in a public defender's office, what would be the easiest way to contact an office that is not coming to campus for interviews?

Re: Public Defender West Coast Options

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:41 pm
by seatown12
In order to get a 2L spot you should direct send resume and cover letter. Look on the websites they will tell you where to send. Do it soon because many offices are starting to make decisions already or in the near future.

Re: Public Defender West Coast Options

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:05 pm
by Mick Haller
I'd go for minor/secondary job markets rather than populated coastal areas. It's not unheard of (at least in coastal Calif.) to see 30+ interviewees for each unpaid summer position at DA/PD offices.

Re: Public Defender West Coast Options

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:12 pm
by Anonymous User
San Francisco Public Defender's Office is one of the best PD offices in the country. Their 2L summer clerk programs provide you with exceptional training, and all the attorneys at the office are the best of the best.

However, the 2L summer law clerk program doesn't necessarily lead to a permanent full-time offer. You need to apply and get a volunteer attorney position before getting a permanent full-time offer. Even the volunteer attorney positions are extremely competitive -- the SF PD's gets thousands of applications per year for those volunteer positions.

Re: Public Defender West Coast Options

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:03 am
by cesmoc
this thread is very relevant to my interests,
OP you should take a look at
viewtopic.php?f=23&t=155423

Maybe we can begin using all of our anecdotal evidence to create a list of PD/DA offices that are actually hiring 3Ls for FT post-grad positions

Re: Public Defender West Coast Options

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:08 am
by PurplePirate
0L disclosure. I worked at a Public Defender's office during college. My boss and the DA both used to throw out applications that had no prior DA or PD experience. Moral of the story: get experience as soon as you can so it doesn't look like the DA or PD office is your last resort (this is assuming you have no experience).

Re: Public Defender West Coast Options

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:11 am
by WrappedUpInBooks
TDA in Seattle is known for being really good, but they lost their misdemeanor contract and probably won't be hiring when for fall 2013.

http://www.defender.org/