yeah, sorry, i did mean AUSA with the ultimate goal of USA
i really do not want to do biglaw... i mean if it is a choice between being unemployed and doing biglaw i'd do biglaw. i'm thinking that being at law school will make me change my mind a bit but i'm a lot more interested in public interest and government work. is it hard for people in the top 1/3 to get PI jobs? even with PI focused clinics and volunteer work?
and i'll take a look at your LRAP FAQ. i don't know much about the specifics and i didn't realize there was a difference haha
The hiring pyramid is very different at the PI/Govt level than it is for biglaw. For biglaw, TCR is go to a top school, get good grades, own OCI, and then transfer to the client when you get burned out after a few years. The government hiring model is, look for disabled veterans first, then look at vets with status (i.e, a year work experience at a federal agency), then look at vets, then look at guys with status, then look at law grads that demonstrate commitment. So basically, a kid with a year and a day's worth of work experience as a file clerk at the HUD has a better chance of getting HUD honors than does top 10% at HYS.
At some point, you quickly realize that you had just as good of a chance at getting DOJ honors from a local T1 (very low) as you did from Harvard (slightly less low.) Grades matter significantly less for PI/Govt (though they still matter), and commitment to a specific field matters a lot more. We're not talking a lick and a promise commitment, though, we're talking 2-5 years of work experience prior, and working part time all through law school.
I highly recommend looking at the profiles of DOJ Honors kids and other federal honors programs. You'll notice three themes, 1) a TON of vets with law degrees, 2) school name does not matter in the least, and 3) these people have more on their resume than "flagship law review."