Tanicius wrote:Have you externed at a PD at all your 2L year? If so, I'd write your resume like this:
Smith County -- wrote motions, memos, and conducted legal research............. 2012
Federal District of Southern State -- wrote motions, appeared in court on record, conducted legal research..........2013
The Smith County internship was your 1L summer intership, and the Fed one is your 2L fall semester externship. Get it? It looks like you summered at two places without lying.
Ummm... I don't know if this advice is sincere or not, but I seriously disagree with it. Any office that you get deep into the interview process with will figure out what's going on, or you'll be forced to hide it forever. (I get that Tanicius my be analogizing this to situations in court in which you ought to figure out how to answer questions from a judge honestly but strategically to protect your client, but a PD office will not find that as cute in the interview process.)
OP, you are going to have a hard time living down the prosecution experience, as you recognize, but the best way to do it is to explain it in a cover letter and in your interview, not to obfuscate it. You'll be fighting an uphill battle, but you're best served by providing some thoughtful explanation of your misguided choice to do a prosecution internship and how what you saw convinced you you could never be a prosecutor, reaffirmed your commitment to public defense, etc.
EDIT: The extent to which you express remorse/recognition of the misguidedness of doing prosecution work should be calibrated based on the offices you're applying to. There are some offices that have such a strong defender culture that they'll likely never consider someone who's done prosecution as recently as 2L summer, but others may be more forgiving. YMMV.