I have been working at Orange/Osceola County Office of the Public Defender full-time (More than 5 years)
Unlimited jury trial experience. Almost complete control over your cases. Management is active, but not overbearing. Your fellow employees are hard-working and personable (for the most part). There is a collegiate environment centered around defending people's constitutionally protected rights. The office encourages training and often pays for the courses. The caseloads in this circuit are quite low because of the way the office is structured.
You are working for people during one of the most trying times of their life. So, you will not always receive gratitude for doing your job. In fact, you will routinely be considered less than competent because you chose to devote your career to public service and not a higher paying job. It is easy to become emotionally fatigued. Since we have more attorneys and less support staff, you will be doing a lot of paperwork yourself.
I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Orange/Osceola County Office of the Public Defender (Orange, CA) in October 2014.
They came to school for on campus interview. They focused on finding people who have passion for serving the indigent people. The interviewer is very strict at the interview but super nice outside the formal setting.
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