Nomo wrote:Most states have a small office of appellate prosecutors and a small office of appellate defenders. These jobs normally go to people who clerked (often for the state supreme court) and then worked as for the DA or PD for at least 5-10 years doing trials. Going to Harvard won't give OP a much greater chance at this goal.
Most states also have a small civil appellate group in their AG's office. These attorneys normally clerked (often for the state supreme court) and then worked for 5-10 years in a trial section of the AG's office. They might farm out really big cases to law firms (especially cases that go to SCOTUS) but most cases will be handled by the AG's office. Again, Harvard won't give OP a much better chance if this is the goal.
This isn't necessarily true for New York. Although a SSC clerkship helps, but you can be hired right into the appeals bureau of the NY County DA office with a few years of general lit biglaw experience, and you can get a job with the institutional defender services right out of law school. NYC may be unqiue though because of the massive number of criminal appeals concentrated in the city that requires relatively large offices of appellate PD's or DAs to move very quickly through cases.
Source: friends who did this.