kingofspain wrote:Can someone explain what y'all are talking about when you refer to 'good PI' gigs that want biglaw experience? In the nonprofit legal world we don't seem to have any interest in biglaw experience. Only the old people worked at biglaw first, and they made the jump years ago.
Are y'all talking about government? Private civil rights firms? Srsly curious---I need start building my self-justification for selling out and doing OCI.
DOJ, EEOC and ACLU certainly come to mind. High profile non-profit organizations as well. It depends on what you consider truly preftigious.
Basically stuff that isn't public defense work. The world needs public defenders but it's a different level of PI than the kind of stuff most of these bros want.
I'm not sure this is true, though...
For example, ACLU job listings seem much more likely to go to someone w/ PI experience:
With DOJ, you're probably right to some extent, but not completely.
For example, it's hard to get the necessary experience for this without biglaw (or a different law enforcement position): --LinkRemoved--
But this one would likely go to someone without biglaw experience: --LinkRemoved--
It's hard to imagine any of the nonprofits here in Philly hiring someone from a firm. Maybe it's different in NYC, DC, etc., where you have nonprofits working on a national scale, but the job listings above don't seem to bear that out. I'm open to being proven wrong, but I don't see biglaw being the preferred experience for anything besides certain specialized PI jobs.