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Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby BlueLotus » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:31 am

This thread is a place for interns to post about all things related to their summer 2015 employment the the public sector, whether it is PD, DA, Legal Aid, Non-Profit, Gubmint, etc. The BigLawl SAs have their thread, so I thought we should have our own as well!

Also, for those who are rising 3Ls, feel free to vent about the big pain in the ass that is the fellowship application process.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:58 am

Checking in. Will be working for legal aid this summer, primarily working with veterans' issues. Really stoked to start in a month.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby krads153 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:03 am

If any of you are Pro Bono Scholars (New York State program), PM me. I know of a non profit in NYC that's looking for Pro Bono Scholars for a fellowship application...

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:03 pm

Will be at Queens DA this summer. It's where I want to end up so going to try and do some really good work.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:04 pm

Brooklyn Defenders - super excited! Also want to end up there so hoping my performance will pay off

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Fri May 01, 2015 9:38 am

I will be an unpaid intern at legal aid this summer (paid by another source, though). How bad does it look if I take two half-days off during my internship for doctor's appointments? I will happily make up the time by working extra days after the internship officially ends. I know people in the BigLaw summer SA threads make taking time off seem fatal to your offer chances, so I was wonder if the same was true in public interest.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby swampman » Fri May 01, 2015 10:05 am

Anonymous User wrote:I will be an unpaid intern at legal aid this summer (paid by another source, though). How bad does it look if I take two half-days off during my internship for doctor's appointments? I will happily make up the time by working extra days after the internship officially ends. I know people in the BigLaw summer SA threads make taking time off seem fatal to your offer chances, so I was wonder if the same was true in public interest.

You're an unpaid intern. Go to the doctor. Nobody will even notice.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Fri May 01, 2015 10:43 am

I want my 2L summer employer to be my fellowship sponsor. When in the summer should I have this conversation with my supervisor? Should I present a cover letter, updated resume, writing sample, etc. to them? Or just do it more informally?

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Slytherpuff » Fri May 01, 2015 4:58 pm

Checking in - working at a non-profit overseas this summer!

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Sat May 02, 2015 9:48 am

When I apply for fellowship sponsors, am I expected to have some sort of specific project proposal? Or will the org help develop that with you once you're chosen?

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby kay2016 » Sat May 02, 2015 12:24 pm

Checking in...

Working for a Senate Committee first half, DAs office second half.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Sat May 02, 2015 3:18 pm

What's everyone's start date? Mine is June 1.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby swampman » Sat May 02, 2015 3:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:What's everyone's start date? Mine is June 1.

Nice. I start a couple days after exams finish... some beach time would be appreciated.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Sat May 02, 2015 6:18 pm

Anyone else get accepted to the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program (for summer funding)? If so, is the intern supposed to be initiating the state background check or does EJW take care of that for you?

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Sat May 02, 2015 7:33 pm

Santa Clara County, Office of the County Counsel for my 2L summer :) Looking forward to it.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby sdancer89 » Sat May 02, 2015 9:02 pm

For the Americorps funding, it seems like it depends which state. There is a list here: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/americorps-legal-fellowships/criminal-background-checks-database that lists the protocol for each state, but I think on my SAM thing it showed that EJW would take care of it for my home state and that I needed to do something for my work state.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Sun May 03, 2015 8:03 am

sdancer89 wrote:For the Americorps funding, it seems like it depends which state. There is a list here: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/americorps-legal-fellowships/criminal-background-checks-database that lists the protocol for each state, but I think on my SAM thing it showed that EJW would take care of it for my home state and that I needed to do something for my work state.


Thanks! I just checked my SAM and it said that EJW takes care of background checks for my state. What about FBI background checks though? Does the member have to initiate that?

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby sdancer89 » Sun May 03, 2015 10:55 am

I did an FBI one myself, but it was before they sent that email saying they no longer were allowed to use that service. You should have gotten an email that had a form attached that you sign and say you haven't ever been convicted of felony murder :)

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Sun May 03, 2015 11:51 am

sdancer89 wrote:I did an FBI one myself, but it was before they sent that email saying they no longer were allowed to use that service. You should have gotten an email that had a form attached that you sign and say you haven't ever been convicted of felony murder :)


Gotcha. Looks like there's no more work to be done on my end.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby BlueLotus » Sun May 03, 2015 1:01 pm

Second round of fellowship apps. Hope I don't strike out again this time in finding a sponsor!

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 04, 2015 1:41 pm

I'm working in legal aid this summer. What is the dress code like? Should I suit up for the first day?

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Anonymous User » Tue May 05, 2015 7:49 am

What should I do if I want my summer 2015 employer to be my postgrad fellowship sponsor? When should I have this conversation with my supervisor? 5 weeks or so into the internship?

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Nebby » Tue May 05, 2015 8:22 am

Checking in, nerds.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Nebby » Tue May 05, 2015 8:23 am

Anonymous User wrote:I'm working in legal aid this summer. What is the dress code like? Should I suit up for the first day?

Wear a suit, and then judge based off of the other attorneys. It's likely that they'll be in slacks and button up, so that should be good after day one.

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Re: Public Interest 2015: Thoughts, Anxieties, Experiences...

Postby Nebby » Tue May 05, 2015 8:24 am

Anonymous User wrote:What should I do if I want my summer 2015 employer to be my postgrad fellowship sponsor? When should I have this conversation with my supervisor? 5 weeks or so into the internship?

One month in its good. By that time they've gotten to know you and your work, so they'll be more open to it. Plus, they won't have financial considerations to bear in mind.




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