Volunteer Work at New Jersey AG’s Office Leads to Paying Jobs for Dozens of Law Grads
Posted Oct 26, 2012 5:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Volunteer work led to paying jobs at the New Jersey Attorney General’s office for the luckiest volunteers in a program created at the height of the recession.
Since the Volunteer Associates in Public Service program began in 2009, the office accepted about half of the around 350 applicants, the New Jersey Law Journal reports. So far, 41 of the volunteers have landed full-time positions that became available because of attrition.
The volunteers receive the same training as regular deputies and spend at least 20 hours a week at the office. They are asked to volunteer for a minimum of three months, though many stay a year or more. Their tasks include research, brief writing, court appearances and depositions.