Public Defender Internship (Pre-Law) - Office of the Municipal Public Defender

  • City and County of Denver
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time Court Administration Internship Legal Services

Job Description

About Our Job
The City and County of Denver's Municipal Public Defender Office is looking for Pre-Law Interns for fall of 2020. Our primary focus is to provide comprehensive legal representation to defendants who face jail time for violating municipal ordinances and traffic offenses in the Denver County Court System. Our office has been in operation since January 1, 2015 and is overseen by the City's Chief Municipal Public Defender. The creation of this office ensures that the City and County of Denver is on the same level with other progressive municipalities providing quality in-house Public Defense services for indigent citizens. The Office of the Municipal Public Defender provides same level representation with progressive municipalities and state systems.

As a Pre-Law student intern, you will assist the office with the daily operation of the office. Attention to detail and ability to follow instructions is imperative.

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to experience:
  • Must be highly motivated to help indigent people charged with crimes and willing to assist in the overall defense of clients
  • Ability to work with attorney, paralegals, and other staff while following instructions
  • Provide support to attorneys as needed during court appearances including arraignments and trials
  • Gain familiarity of procedure in both criminal and traffic cases
  • Transcribe audio and video files in the discovery
  • Basic research in order to draft motions and documents
  • Open and close client files and maintain current database information
  • Operate computers and standard office equipment including commonly used computer software programs
  • Maintain regular and acceptable attendance as determined by supervisor

Public Defender internship and duties will depend upon the level of experience and whether the candidate qualifies under the Student Practice Act.

This an unpaid internship
About You
Our ideal candidate will have/be:
  • Strong interest in public defense
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Be extremely organized
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Ability to adapt to changes in work
  • Possess conflict resolution abilities

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Education Requirement: Current enrollment in an accredited college program leading to a certificate, licensure, Associate's, Bachelor's, or higher degree in, or a recent graduate (completed specified program within 1 year of completion) or
  • Must be currently enrolled in school as a high school junior or senior
  • Education and Experience Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted
  • License/Certification Requirement: By position, may require a valid Driver's License at the time of application
  • Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment

Additional required documents that must be submitted at the time of application to be considered for this position:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample of your choice no more than 3 pages in length
About Everything Else

Job Profile
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Position Type
Contractors (Fixed Term)

Position Salary Range
$0.00 - $0.00

Starting Pay

Office of Municipal Public Defender

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