Tyga wrote: deadpanic wrote:
jbagelboy wrote:Low to no debt from GW with average firm/local gov't atty goals is a fine route
I agree with this, but OP wants big law, and has basically said if they don't get it, they want to be a DA. It doesn't work like that. The DA's office will hire the true believer that interned for 2 years from American/Catholic/whatever over a median GW kid that struck out from big law. You are not getting a good federal gov't gig after striking out, either.
If it is truly debt-free, I think it is a fine choice. But, a couple things. One, if you are having to pay COL, you are going to easily take on 60k+ worth of debt in DC, easily. Two, if you are not top 25% or patent eligible, I think it is going to be a struggle as someone else pointed out. Once you miss the big law boat at GW, I do not really know what you do other than go be an intern on The Hill for 30k/year. Someone probably has better insight on GW, though.
So you need to go into law school targeting either Biglaw or DA? And for the sake of the median argument: if you are near median at GW, how do you think you'd fair if you went in targeting DA?
I don't think it's that strict.
If you want the option to do either, then this is the route I suggest:
Do your 1L summer at the DA office you're interested in working at post-graduation and subsequently work the system as the poster said, i.e. volunteer if at all possible during the school year. Establish this route first as it can be very difficult to obtain offers over students from "lesser" schools who have established ties with the office, as noted above.
However, I don't think Biglaw works the same way. My impression was that Biglaw was happy to offer students at OCI who did DA/PD work their 1L summer. A 1L summer position at a USAO was very warmly received.**
So, if you land a Biglaw offer for a 2L SA position at OCI and the firm has a strong offer rate at the end of the summer (which most all do), only at that point abandon the DA path and set sail for Biglaw.
** I suggest you look into hiring practices for the particular USAO if you're considering prosecution because many do not hire students straight out of law school. I have a couple friends who worked at a USAO and it made local DA positions more difficult because they hadn't established ties with the office(s).
Hope this helps and best of luck!