Tuesday, January 20, 2015
At National Jurist, Hillary Mantis interviews Legal aid attorney Denise Fabiano about her career path. Here is an excerpt:
What would you recommend that interested law students do to gain the necessary experience to be marketable for a career as a public defender?
Taking advantage of criminal law clinics while in school is ideal. Securing summer positions — even if it means volunteering — is extremely helpful in not only gaining experience, but developing contacts in the field.
How do they generally hire?
They post job announcements on their website, so be proactive about checking an organization’s website. They often hire former interns.
Do public defender’s offices generally hire summer interns?
Yes, they hire summer interns. Be prepared to apply early in the fall before the summer in which you hope to intern!
I would add using networking to meet people n the field. The advice may seem simple to experienced law professors, but not necessarily old hat to our students. You can read more here.