Chelsea Curran – Bucks County Public Defender’s Office

At the Bucks County Public Defender’s office, I have had the opportunity to interview clients, review police affidavits, watch discovery, observe trials and hearings, and assist attorneys with different projects. I have just completed my first week and this internship has been incredibly hands-on, providing me with many invaluable experiences that I will carry with me moving forward. As an intern, I have met many clients from diverse cultures and backgrounds and have assisted these individuals with navigating the complex justice system. 

Moreover, I have also gained a newfound respect for the devoted attorneys who work in this field. Even with the heavy caseloads and tight time restraints, the professionals in this office remain kind, sympathetic, understanding, and upbeat. I am inspired by the attorneys in the office who have taken on this kind of work to protect the disadvantaged from being punished due to financial restraints. 

From a young age, I have always been interested in going to law school and practicing criminal law. With this internship, I hope to get a feel for what my career could potentially look like and figure out if this is the job for me. So far, this internship has introduced me to a very welcoming environment filled with good people. As I continue to expand my understanding of the typical tasks of a public defender, I also hope to learn about the innerworkings of the criminal justice system in terms of representing indigent clients. On top of this, I hope to become more understanding of others who have varying experiences and backgrounds.

Chelsea Curran, Political Science

8 Replies to “Chelsea Curran – Bucks County Public Defender’s Office”

  1. Chelsea, I’m glad to hear you found an internship with compassionate people with positive outlooks. That can make such a big difference in your learning. It sounds great that this internship is making you think whether or not this field is right for you. I think everyone should have a little bit of doubt at first to make sure they’re on the right path.

  2. Chelsea,
    This is a great experience for you, as you think about law school and criminal law. The work the Public Defender’s Office does is valuable, and it’s wonderful that you are able to be a part of that this summer! I’m looking forward to hearing more!

  3. Chelsea,
    Your internship with the Bucks County Public Defender Office seems to be off to a fantastic start! It’s amazing that you’ve already had the chance to gain practical experience in a variety of work-related settings, such as with client interviews and observing trials and hearings. It’s evident that this work is going to give you a great experience as you think about law school and criminal law. I’m looking forward to learning about your future experiences working at the Public Defender’s office!

  4. This is such a great opportunity Chelsea! It’s very cool that you are interested in law, but want to help the underprivileged while you do it. There are many people in this world that could use someone like you in their life. I hope you continue to grow as a student interested in the criminal justice and law fields. I am excited to see where this internship takes you!

  5. Chelsea, your internship at the Bucks County Public Defender’s office sounds super cool and exciting! I am happy to hear that just from the first week you have had a plethora of opportunities to gain hands-on experience. The work that you do will be very important and valuable. This sounds like the perfect chance to determine if you want to further pursue a career in this field. I am looking forward to hearing more about your internship this summer!

  6. Chelsea,
    It sounds like your internship will provide you with many answers such as what the career entails and whether it is a good fit for you. I am glad to hear you have learned so much in so little time. I hope you continue to gain more from your internship and best of luck to you!

  7. Chelsea, this sounds like such an awesome experience! It’s great that you’re able to be so involved in the process, especially with going to hearings and trials. This experience sounds like a great way to learn about career opportunities in public defense.

  8. Chelsea,

    This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you! Law internships are difficult to find, so good for you for securing such an interactive, hands-on experience! It sounds like this internship will provide you with many necessary skills for your future career as a lawyer, and show you the many aspects of the job that attorneys face. I admire your desire to work in criminal law and help those who do not have a voice in the legal system. Best of luck to you!

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