For Office of the Public Defender - Wake
DESCRIPTIONS OF ORGANIZATION: Our office provides criminal indigent defense, meaning we provide criminal legal assistance to people deemed by the court to be eligible for a court-appointed attorney. Our office also maintains the list of private attorneys available for court-appointed work and assigns such cases as necessary. Attorneys in our office conduct interviews, perform legal research, represent clients in court, negotiate plea agreements, etc. We also have two full-time investigators.
DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT WORK/PROJECTS: Externs will assist attorneys in court, investigation, client interviews, legal research. For eligible externs, direct client representation in misdemeanor cases, including negotiating plea agreements with assistant District Attorneys, representing clients before District Court judges, and trying cases in District Court.
COURSE OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES FOR STUDENT: Courses in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure are preferred (can be taking concurrently). For direct client representation, certification is required and Evidence and Trial Advocacy are required.
**2L and 3L externs who will be certified under the Student Practice Rules must have taken or be taking evidence and trial advocacy.