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Updated Jun 21, 2015
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Public Defender Service For The District Of Columbia.

    Interview

    2 hour interview after application submission, including cover letter and resume, etc.. It was thoughtful and thorough; they asked relevant questions to the work I'd be doing. I appreciated the work they put into the interview process.

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    Intern Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Public Defender Service For The District Of Columbia (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    I submitted my application online and had 1 in office interview before offer. If you're abroad, they'll do it on skype.

    Interviews were typical behavioral: example of leadership, teamwork, etc. Pretty straight forward, plus some cases questions.

    Once you get offer, you have to decide within weeks (1 week for me). You can negotiate the end date, but you can't for the start date due to set training schedules.

    Interview Questions

    • They'll ask you case questions like, if you are at someone's house and they don't want to talk to you about your client (who presumably murdered someone), what do you do?

      If xxx then happens, what do you do? What if yyy happens?

      Also, how would you feel about working with a client who without a doubt committed rape? (the answer for this is, "first of all, there is always doubt. I'd never approach a case with the mindset that client is guilty"...so on and so forth).
       
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    Negotiation

    N/A. Unpaid internship. You get reimbursed for gas if you're a driver.

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    Law Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Public Defender Service For The District Of Columbia in February 2012.

    Interview

    Submit application materials online. Emailed back with interview appointment.

    Interview Questions

    • Would you ever NOT be ok with defending a person accused of a certain type of crime? Why?   Answer Question
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    Investigative Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Public Defender Service For The District Of Columbia (Washington, DC) in November 2011.

    Interview

    The interview was rather easy. It was mainly to see whether or not your views alined with theirs. Since they are a rather liberal organization, representing those accused of crimes, it was easy to come up with the answers they were looking for. They also asked questions to ensure that you would be alright going into some of the rougher neighborhoods of DC.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you believe that everyone charged with a crime deserves his day in court? Why?   Answer Question
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    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Public Defender Service For The District Of Columbia in March 2008.

    Interview

    They asked why I was interested in the internship and then threw me a couple of questions about situations. I remember only one question that unsure about, them specifically asking what I would say if I was asking people questions about a crime that had occurred and was told to stop meddling and helping the person who did the crime. My response was that I was just gathering facts, but in retrospect I should have been more aggressive perhaps and said that I was helping the legal system make sure that the RIGHT PERSON was caught.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you say if you were in a dangerous neighborhood as an intern investigator and someone didn't want to talk to you because you were helping criminals?   Answer Question

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