I currently have ~150 clients (the least since I've started my job) and have ~50 more in warrant status. I've handled roughly 600 clients (not cases, clients) since I started. I tell you this because at that volume, which is not atypical with misdemeanor only caseloads, I don't have great client contact. I talk to people every day, but not in the client-centered, trauma informed practice I would like. There's a lot of crisis management and triage, prioritizing people who are incarcerated, heading to trial, or facing the most serious consequences (significant jail time/deportation/loss of custody, etc). I absolutely do not know all of my clients, which sucks.sunnew wrote: ↑Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:48 pmThanks for the quick reply. I’m not at a great school and have middling grades, so I am a bit worried. I will definitely focus on making the most of my courtroom experience over the next year, though, and keeping up on my Spanish. Thanks for the advice.Leela wrote: ↑Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:38 pmThis is a guess, to be honest, so keep that in mind. You sound like a very well-qualified candidate, so while ties are a plus, I don't think you'll have trouble getting in the door. Are these national-level locations (do they recruit at EJW, for example)? If yes, I wouldn't worry about it. If no, I still think you'll get interviews based on your resumesunnew wrote: ↑Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:08 pmCurrent 2L. I’ve worked at one PD’s office in state A for two summers, will work in two offices in state B this semester/this summer. I will be applying for PD jobs in two other states that I will have no ties to barring a fiancée moving there for work. Do you have any insight as to the difficulty of getting such a community-focused job like this in a state to which one has no ties? How hard of a sell is a candidate like this?
With all these application questions keep in mind that PD offices want you to be on your feet in court with limited supervision ASAP. Your capacity to do that will trump tie concerns.
But again, just educated guesswork.
That said, do you find you have a strong desire to move on to felonies? Obviously, things can and probably will change after practicing, but right now I think I’d be very happy doing misdemeanors and non-complex cases for years if not my whole career, because that would keep me in contact with clients day in and day out, which is what I really love. I wonder how universal or weird my feelings on that are.
I tell you all of this because my caseload will decrease significantly when I get to felonies. Not only are the cases more interesting and the legal issues juicier, but I actually think it's much easier to have a client-centered practice, when you only have 70-80 clients. Personally, I like litigation a lot, and your opportunities increase with more serious and complex charges.
Also if I never have to handle a DWI again, that's just fine with me.