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A working single mom attending law school

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1L Summer work

Posted by newlawmom on April 21, 2009

I am so happy with my job. I spent about an hour there and I am convinced it is a perfect fit. I will start work the day after Memorial Day. I also learned all about confidentiality and other practice rules today, and that will place serious constraints on how much blogging I am able to do. But I am allowed to give general information that would be available to any member of the public, so I can tell you about the job itself. I am going to work in Community Court where individuals who have been accused of minor criminal offenses and quality of life crimes can enter a conditional guilty plea, serve a sentence based on a concept of restorative justice, and have a clean record after they complete the requirements imposed by the court. Special programs include a supervised community service work crew, a program designed to move women out of prostitution and into paying employment and new neighborhoods, a program designed for truants where they are “scared straight” back into school,  and arrangements with social service organizations providing drug treatment, anger management, and other rehabilitative type services. My job duties will be varied as I work with the administrator of this court. I will be in court two days per week. The other days will be assorted paperwork and — get this! I will be allowed to observe portions of a murder trial or other high profile trial. I was surprised to hear that and very much looking forward to the opportunity. Basically, as summer jobs go, I feel quite lucky. I hope all my readers have a great day. I will be back tomorrow with an update on the memo and exam prep.

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