kenji wrote:Everyone just trying to bring this guy down. I don't get people sometimes, everyone's just jealous or something.
He has both real trial experience and mock trial experience. Frankly, he's doing everything right. He's just telling you his qualifications and you don't like it or something. These responses have been fucking pathetic.
I'm currently working as a prosecutor. I had mock trial experience and real trial experience. The point that I along with several other working professionals have made is that his mock trial experience means little to nothing when it comes to the stuff we do on a daily basis, and that while it's impressive it doesn't mean anywhere near as much as he thinks.
When I was trying cases as an intern I had a super small case load, and had plenty of time to do research, plan, and write everything out. I could call witnesses and go over everything with them. I didn't have to file work requests or do any of the day to day shit that takes up most of my day.
Let me tell you about my day as a current prosecutor.
Right now I have about 300 open cases to deal with.
7:00 AM- 8:30:Get to work and try and work on that giant stack of cases.
8:30-?? Go to court and go through the docket. While in court I'm dismissing cases left and right because my damn witnesses don't show up.
And then if something goes to trial (lol at that happening) I spend the rest of my day in trial putting off the rest of my work
12:00- 1:00 Attempt to eat lunch, while fielding phone calls from defense lawyers and and
1:00-?? Work on those 300 cases I have sitting in my office, prepare for the arraignment/motion calendar that will suck up all my time tomorrow, attempt to get a hold of witnesses and explain to them that they need to come to court, spend an hour on the phone with a victim who wants to know why I can't put someone in prison for 10 years for a second degree misdemeanor, spend another hour on the phone talking to a defense attorney about how his client who has 100 prior convictions is really a good guy but has fallen on hard times, spend another hour calling defense lawyers trying to get them to take pleas so, I can lessen the clusterfuck in court when these cases go to trial.
If I'm lucky I get to leave the office around 7-8 PM. It's Sunday and I was at my office for about 10 hours today just playing catch up on all that damn paperwork I couldn't do during the week.
Now while the OP is right to be proud of his achievements. You can see from my day, and I think every actual lawyer in this thread would agree the shit you do in mock trial has precisely dick to do with the day to day grind of being a prosecutor. That's why a lot of us are coming off as irked at his comments, and why interviewers and co-workers would likely dislike him almost immediately if there is any hint of the personality that was displayed in the OP. I'm not saying mock trial is easy or that his accomplishments are worthless, but there is a huge difference between getting a Packet full of witness statements, having a law student as your witness, and a ton of time to prepare as opposed to maybe 5 minutes to review an arrest form and ask the officer if they bought the evidence.