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Defense Services

Law Clerk Programs


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The Office of Defense Services offers law school students the opportunity to assist our attorneys in providing superior legal representation to indigent individuals and in advancing the cause of equal justice under the law. Our law clerk programs are designed to expose students to all aspects of criminal defense work, the Delaware courts and the Delaware criminal justice system. Law clerks experience and work in a hard-working criminal defense office consisting of experienced trial and appellate attorneys. Our clerks are considered integral members of the defense teams to which they are assigned.

Positions in our law clerk program are available in our offices located in each of the counties in the state. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, we are unable to pay law clerks. Prospective clerks are encouraged to obtain financial assistance through work study, grants or other sources. The Office of Defense Services has a partnership with Widener University Delaware Law School wherein third year students may obtain academic credit for their work with our office. Academic credits may be available to students from other law schools as well.

 

SUMMER PROGRAM


This is a 12-week program which runs between May and August each summer. Clerks in the summer program work approximately 30-40 hours per week. Before their first assignment, clerks undergo a one-week training course to learn about the Office of Defense Services, the Delaware courts, the criminal justice system and Delaware’s criminal law.

 

LAW CLERK – I


There are a limited number of positions available each summer to students who have completed their first year of law school. These clerks assist attorneys in our trial and appellate units. Their duties include legal research and drafting pretrial motions and briefs. These duties provide excellent opportunities for students to strengthen their research and writing skills. These clerks also interview incarcerated and non-incarcerated clients. Additionally, they are encouraged to attend pretrial hearings, trials and appellate arguments.

 

LAW CLERK – II


There are a limited number of positions available each summer to students who have completed their second year of law school. These clerks prepare and try cases in the Court of Common Pleas or Family Court. To qualify for this program, students must meet the requirements set forth in Delaware Supreme Court Rule 56 for limited admission to the Delaware Bar. The ODS gives priority to students who have completed the summer program as a Law Clerk I or who have worked with us during the academic year.

 

ACADEMIC YEAR PROGRAM


There are a limited number of clerk positions available during the academic year. Priority for these positions is given to those participating in our externship program with Widener University School of Law.

 

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APPLICATION PROCESS


The Office of Defense Services seeks applicants with solid academic credentials, a strong work ethic, good social skills, initiative, adaptability and a dedication to ensuring that all individuals charged with a crime receive equal justice under the law.

Candidates for the summer clerk program should apply early because the selection process is very competitive and offers are extended as early as October.

To apply for either the summer or academic year programs, please submit the following documents:

  1. Law Clerk Application (click to access)
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Resume
  4. Transcript
  5. References
  6. Writing Sample (no more than 10 pages)

These documents can be submitted to Ross A. Flockerzie, Esq. via email at pdo.lawclerks@state.de.us or via mail to:

Office of the Public Defender
Attn: Ross A. Flockerzie, Esq.
820 North French Street, 3rd Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801

We look forward to hearing from you and reviewing your application.


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