Bookthief, I was the anon asking and I eventually ended up getting hired.
You apply online when you see an opening. I applied spring 2015 and interviewed the week after graduation. I heard back quickly, although some people who I've talked to were hired in june or around labor day. At the new training, there was a mix of people who were December grads who had been working for a few months and new hires.
Let me know if you want additional info!
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Anonymous User wrote:I tried searching for info on here, but anyone have any insight on Wisconsin PD or Missouri?
I work for the Wisconsin SPD, what do you wanna know?
Was just curious about the application process -- if you applied through the government website, how long it took to get back to you, what it's like working there?
Yeah, you should apply through the state jobs website. If you follow the agency on facebook or twitter, you will see the recruiting announcements there too. They do their hiring year-round as openings become available. Don't expect to work in Madison or Milwaukee right away, since that's where everyone wants to be. I don't remember how long it took for them to get back to me after I applied, but I don't think it was too long, maybe a couple weeks?
There are two interviews. The first is with a panel of three attorneys. You will be asked to prepare a five minute story (about anything you want) which you will present at the beginning of the interview from memory. This is to gauge your ability to present in front of a jury, since our training process revolves around developing a compelling theory of the case and being able to enthusiastically present it to other people. Then you will do a bunch of short hypos for about 20 minutes. They are pretty easy, just give the "I support my client no matter how bad he is" answer to everything and you will be fine. The second interview took place at the office that eventually hired me. It was with my future boss plus the regional office manager. Basically they gave me a tour and asked if I had any questions about the office. So, I would say that if you make it to the second round and they invite you to one of the offices, you'll get hired.
I definitely enjoy working here. You get paid pretty well for a public defender in the midwest (I'm just shy of my two year mark and I make 53k/year). Your caseload is manageable (on average I have about 200 misdemeanors, 75 felonies, 30 involuntary civil commitments and 20 juvenile delinquency cases a year, which isn't bad at all). The resources and support are also pretty strong since it's a state agency that is somewhat well respected in the state legislature. That said, every office around the state is different. I work in a pretty chill office of eight attorneys, six of which are under 30, and my boss is amazing, so it's a fun atmosphere. I can't say the same about the rest, but most of my friends from law school who ended up in other offices seem to enjoy their work too.
This is great information thank you! I applied a few weeks ago on the state website, so hopefully I'll hear something one way or the other!