bilbobaggins wrote:Tanicius wrote:Okay, is there anyone who knows anything about PI prospects at Berkeley? I'm looking for firsthand knowledge.
The one thing that attracts me to Berkeley above any other school is its proximity to some fantastic PI jobs, like the San Fran defenders. Does anyone have any firsthand accounts of people getting jobs at the SFPD office, or internships at least?
Many Boalt students extern at all of the PD offices in the Bay Area, both during the year and the summer. The SF office is definitely competitive, but many Boalt students work there. Luckily, Boalt is also in/near two other great counties, Alameda and Contra Costa and many students work in these offices as well.
It is extremely difficult to get a PD job in the bay area upon graduation. It is essentially impossible to get one in SF without prior experience as a defense attorney. The first job out of Boalt usually starts with a paid law clerk position (if you're lucky). After passing the bar, you'd be eligible to become a misdemeanor attorney and hopefully this happens before the year law clerk position is up (or at the end of it).
Personally, I'm planning for the reality of having to get a PD job in a county other than Coco, Alameda, SF or Santa Clara. I figure I will work my way back to one of them. If you have any other specific questions about PD work feel free to message me.
Wow, looks like I hit the jackpot with you being here. Two questions
1.) How difficult has it been for Boalt students to secure these extern/internships?
2.) In my home state, the PD budget was horrendously slashed a few years back, is now on a total hiring freeze, and will likely be slashed another ~25% this upcoming year due to a Republican controlled state congress. California's reputation specifically is that it is, for lack of a better term, completely fucked. Aren't you worried that there won't really continue to be many of these public defense jobs left for us by the time we actually graduate?