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Public Defender Service For The District Of Columbia Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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  1. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great attorneys and investigators. I enjoyed my time as a law clerk for some brilliant defense attorneys and they provided a lot of support and training.

    Cons

    I can't say there were really any cons during my time at the office. I literally enjoyed everyday that i was there.


  2. "Intense Internship that's well worth it"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You're a valued part of the team. You learn a lot about the criminal justice system and conduct the work of a fulltime investigator.

    Cons

    It can be very overwhelming and is difficult to do as a part-time internship.

    Advice to Management

    None!


  3. "Intern Investigator CLIP"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CLIP Investigator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - CLIP Investigator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Public Defender Service For The District Of Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Great energy in the working environment, very positive, lots of support.
    Interns do substantive work and only make coffee for themselves.
    Well funded enough to carry out the mission effectively.

    Cons

    Administration did not communicate well about salary or employment opportunities to me or other interns. Take what they say with a grain of salt, or ten.

    Advice to Management

    See cons, management needs to set clear expectations and guidelines about future employment and salary. If they don't know due to budget constraints, they need to be clear about that and set a date at which they will know.


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  5. "Summer Law Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Public Defender Service For The District Of Columbia full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great caring people

    Cons

    tough work and long hours but totally worth it

    Advice to Management

    hire more summer law clerks as staff attorneys


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Interview and Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern Investigator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern Investigator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome experience in a highly respected and valued criminal defense position. You get to do many important, hands-on work that gives you great insight into what it really feels like working on criminal cases.

    Cons

    A lot of the experience depends on who you are partnered with. You have to be able to work together on the case and communicate together with the attorney(s) you are working for. It is also difficult and stressful at times to navigate DC if you are new to the area.


  7. "Great Experience!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Highly recommend to anyone interested in criminal law. Great attorneys and investigators to work with, plus exciting insight into the life of a criminal case in DC.

    Cons

    Navigating DC can be challenging if you are new to the area.


  8. "Law Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of training sessions for the law clerks on trial skills.

    Cons

    Lots of law clerks, not enough work, not enough clerks hired. Getting paid was nice. Watching PDS lawyers in court was fun.

    Advice to Management

    Fewer law clerks, more offers to law clerks.


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    "Investigator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Public Defender Service For The District Of Columbia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Important work in the criminal justice system. Low case load. Flexible hours. Opportunity to work with brilliant minds.

    Cons

    Government employment can be very frustrating dealing with different organizations. The traffic into the city was TERRIBLE and you put a lot of miles on your car b/c you driving around looking for folks

    Advice to Management

    i don't really have any criticism of management. It is tough to hire investigators b/c of the unknown budget at the beginning of the term. If they could set expectations a little bit better that'd be better.


  10. "Voice Eng"

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    Former Employee - VOIP Tech in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - VOIP Tech in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The Executives and the staff were great to work for.

    Cons

    Help desk team not a team. obvious favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the help desk in the loop for all of the technology conversations even if it don't relate to their immediate job duties. It gives a since of belonging.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Intern Investigator"

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    Former Employee - Intern Investigator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern Investigator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Public Defender Service For The District Of Columbia full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great name recognition and looks great on your resume.
    - A LOT of courtroom interaction and in field investigation.
    - A great chance to meet new people and possibly new friends.
    - You must be able to get along with a variety of personalities to thrive in the field of work and in the office.
    - Diversity is not an issue. It's as diverse as I've ever seen in any government facility, honestly.
    - Great office location.
    - You won't be chained to a desk. Hardly ever.
    - Your hours are pretty much flexible, depending on the need of your attorney(s). Yes you can have more than one attorney.

    Cons

    - Room for advancement is based on favoritism, even though they say it's seniority based.
    - Long hours and most of the time, you have no weekend off.
    - If you don't like working with others, this is NOT the place for you. You will be paired with a fellow investigator or another intern investigator.
    - Pay is NOT that great (it is PPDS afterall), but the offer free parking. So that's cool.
    - The possibility for advancement professionally is not gonna happen.
    - You get higher pay if you are bilingual and have previous investigative experience.
    - Regardless of your background, even if you have prior investigative experience, you will start on the same entry level as college students applying for the position.
    - Your experience will be either bad or good depending on the attorney (s) you are assigned to. Do not be afraid to give your honest opinion on the exit interview forms.



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