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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:11 pm

Does anyone know what kinds of questions Massachusetts asks during the interview?

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:38 pm

1) Do any individual Virginia offices hire pre-bar?

2) How competitive are Maryland OPD pre-bar positions?

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:02 pm

Colorado is doing calls for more interviews.

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:31 pm

Is there any hope for a 1L who wants PDS in DC, or should I not even try?

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:36 pm

Anyone get a CO offer yet (and willing to identify yourself)? Anyone accept a CO offer or know of someone who’s been placed in the last couple of years? Hoping to chat with someone about this mysterious placement process. Curious to know how many people really have to wait near a whole year after graduating to start working.

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:15 am

Is there any hope for a 1L who wants PDS in DC, or should I not even try?


While I would by no means put all of your eggs in the PDS basket, there is always hope. Someone awhile back posted something on here about how no one will get hired at PDS, but I have a different opinion. Talking to someone that works fairly high up there, she said that everyone truly has a shot. PDS seems to have this reputation for being prestige whores, but I really don't find that to be true. They have hired many people that went to non-T14 schools that also didn't have some other amazing attribute or story (ex. was personally abused by the justice system). Just keep in mind that they are federally funded which is wonderful but also means they are subject to hiring freezes (like this year).

As a 3L going through the post-grad hiring process now, the biggest piece of advice I would give is to cast your net wide. I have found it really difficult to predict which offices will or will not like me. Some offices I thought I had no chance at have given me final interviews and some offices I thought I had a good shot at turned me down. Just be open to lots of possibilities, don't take yourself too seriously, and remember that you're here because you love the work. Frankly, I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to calm down and stop worrying about which office I'd end up at. Personally, I have found that if you get solid PD experience, have a passion for the work, and are geographically flexible, you will end up in a competent office.

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:32 am

Can anyone who has done the Maryland OPD final panel shed some light on what kind of questions are asked? Is there a scenario?

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:12 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Anyone get a CO offer yet (and willing to identify yourself)? Anyone accept a CO offer or know of someone who’s been placed in the last couple of years? Hoping to chat with someone about this mysterious placement process. Curious to know how many people really have to wait near a whole year after graduating to start working.


Current Colorado PD. Started in November of 2016 (graduated May 2016). Most people won't have to wait an entire year. Generally you start either right after the bar in early August or shortly after bar results come out. You can indicate which you prefer, and they try to follow that request.

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:15 pm

Salary Question
It might be helpful to consider salaries at different offices that hire prebar.

Palm Beach (40's) after bar passage
Orlando (40's) after bar passage
Colorado approximately 60 after bar passage

A lot of offices will pay you slightly less if you start before bar results come out but will increase your pay after you receive your results.

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby hahayahah » Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:01 pm

Anonymous User wrote:1) Do any individual Virginia offices hire pre-bar?


To my knowledge, no. I have heard of multiple people who were interning before the bar getting informal promises to be hired upon passing in some of the bigger cities, though.

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:47 pm

Some Miami offers went out

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:15 am

Got an offer from Miami yesterday! :D Planning on accepting next week, will be pulling out of BDS and Philly. Good luck all!

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:02 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Got an offer from Miami yesterday! :D Planning on accepting next week, will be pulling out of BDS and Philly. Good luck all!


Congrats!!

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:11 pm

Has anyone who interviewed with Fed Defenders of San Diego at EJW heard anything back or had a second round?

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:14 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Has anyone who interviewed with Fed Defenders of San Diego at EJW heard anything back or had a second round?


I had a great interview with them and I haven't heard, but I had a friend last year who e-mailed the woman they said to e-mail McKenzie and pretty quickly got an interview set up

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:17 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:Has anyone who interviewed with Fed Defenders of San Diego at EJW heard anything back or had a second round?


I had a great interview with them and I haven't heard, but I had a friend last year who e-mailed the woman they said to e-mail McKenzie and pretty quickly got an interview set up


Thanks! Happy holidays pd-ers!

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby TXTOCO89 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:28 am

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Anonymous User wrote:Anyone get a CO offer yet (and willing to identify yourself)? Anyone accept a CO offer or know of someone who’s been placed in the last couple of years? Hoping to chat with someone about this mysterious placement process. Curious to know how many people really have to wait near a whole year after graduating to start working.


Current Colorado PD. Started in November of 2016 (graduated May 2016). Most people won't have to wait an entire year. Generally you start either right after the bar in early August or shortly after bar results come out. You can indicate which you prefer, and they try to follow that request.


Sent you a PM!

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby BattleoftheForms » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:41 pm

TXTOCO89 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Anyone get a CO offer yet (and willing to identify yourself)? Anyone accept a CO offer or know of someone who’s been placed in the last couple of years? Hoping to chat with someone about this mysterious placement process. Curious to know how many people really have to wait near a whole year after graduating to start working.


Current Colorado PD. Started in November of 2016 (graduated May 2016). Most people won't have to wait an entire year. Generally you start either right after the bar in early August or shortly after bar results come out. You can indicate which you prefer, and they try to follow that request.


Sent you a PM!


Also going to Colorado! Just accepted! Would love to chat about it. :)

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:54 pm

Any advice for Colorado round one?

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby BattleoftheForms » Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:05 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Any advice for Colorado round one?


I would say really the best thing you can do it be relaxed and be yourself. It’s not like the other PD interviews where you’ll have to answer a bunch of hypos. At least in my experience, it really felt like they were just trying to get to know me. Feel free to PM me if you want to chat more about it.

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:08 pm

Does anyone know where Orleans Public Defenders and Bronx Defenders are in their hiring processes?

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:23 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Does anyone know where Orleans Public Defenders and Bronx Defenders are in their hiring processes?


Did the panel interview with them the first week of December. Followed up by sending the requested references the following day. No word from Bronx to me or my references since.

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:17 pm

A few Bronx offers went out.

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:19 pm

Has anyone heard from Prettyman?

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Re: 3L Public Defender Applications

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:18 pm

did the bx defender give out offer via phone or emai?l



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