I feel like Voyager is normally a pretty solid poster but I might be thinking of someone else, because this is some really shitty advice.
OP, above posters have highlighted some pretty compelling reasons to just skip applying to USAOs. Sure, the chances of getting caught are remarkably slim but: (a) do you really want to start your legal career out out by lying to a federal agency in order to get a job; and (b) do you actually want to take the risk, however small, that you will end your career with such a lie and never be able to pass C&F?
As unfair as it might seem to be excluded from the job based on what many see as not being a big deal, it is what it is, and its not a huge deal- its a single type of 1L job which won't matter much long-term. I spent my 1L summer at a major-city USAO and I can tell you the AUSAs and other interns that I encountered did not seem like the type of people who smoke a joint every once in a while-they take their jobs very seriously, and their job is to enforce the law.
sfdreaming09 wrote:Does anybody know how to find out about recent cases that each of these offices have been working on?
Just google the specific office/district, and find the press releases section. The office I worked for was constantly pumping out press releases on cases, and you can get a sense of the workload based on the number and type of releases- e.g., SDCA is likely a lot of drug trafficking/immigration, SDNY is a lot of financial crimes, etc.