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Public Defender Service For The District Of Columbia Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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  1. "intern"

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    Former Employee - Internship in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Internship in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great team and exciting tasks

    Cons

    Some tasks can be a little boring.


  2. "Staff Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Public Defender Service For The District Of Columbia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Superior training, hands in supervision, generous administrative staff support and outstanding resources come together to ensure that every attorney in the agency provides the best representation that money can't buy.

    Cons

    Hiring and promotion nepotism in favor of attorneys who graduated from Ivy League schools, especially Harvard.

    Advice to Management

    Nepotism policy should be enforced.

  3. "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.


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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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!


  5. "Intern Investigator CLIP"

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    Former Employee - CLIP Investigator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - CLIP Investigator in Washington, DC
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    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.


  6. "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


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    "Interview and Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern Investigator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern Investigator in Washington, DC
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    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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    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.


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