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is this career suicide? (successful callback season)

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 04, 2010 3:28 am

I have 16 v100 callbacks, and 1 job offer from a prestigious public sector job.
Has anyone heard of someone taking a prestigious non-clerkship public sector job (think similar to the Manhattan DA's office) - and then transitioning to big law?

I guess, as a proxy to my question: is Manhattan ADA -> big law pretty routine?

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Re: is this career suicide? (successful callback season)

Postby spanktheduck » Sat Sep 04, 2010 3:41 am

You should get an offer from a firm before the 28 expire. If you don't, you are unlikely to get one at all probably. If you want a firm job, you basically need to work at one this summer (IP makes this slightly less true)

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Re: is this career suicide? (successful callback season)

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 04, 2010 3:44 am

OP here, I'm expecting to get an offer from one of 16 callbacks, I'm going to go ahead and assume that getting zero-offered from 16 callbacks is very - very - very unlikely. Is this wrong?

I mean, this would only be true if one of two things were happening 1) I'm very shitty as an interviewer (which would not have eventuated in 16 cbs, I think); or 2) v100 firms just donate cbs like candy

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Re: is this career suicide? (successful callback season)

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:03 am

Anonymous User wrote:OP here, I'm expecting to get an offer from one of 16 callbacks, I'm going to go ahead and assume that getting zero-offered from 16 callbacks is very - very - very unlikely. Is this wrong?

I mean, this would only be true if one of two things were happening 1) I'm very shitty as an interviewer (which would not have eventuated in 16 cbs, I think); or 2) v100 firms just donate cbs like candy



Can you do any of that PI work this fall/spring? That way, you can still maintain contacts...

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Re: is this career suicide? (successful callback season)

Postby spanktheduck » Sat Sep 04, 2010 1:20 pm

Manhattan ADA to a firm might not be that uncommon, but a Manhattan DA 2L intern is just as uncommon as every other non-biglaw 2l summer to biglaw. Don't take the offer at the DA. An internship at Manhattan DA is not that prestigious (at least to warrant working at a firm if you want to). Further, the training you get at Manhattan will be completely different than the skills you need at biglaw. DA's are a trial practice, biglaw is motion.

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Re: is this career suicide? (successful callback season)

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:30 pm

spanktheduck wrote:Manhattan ADA to a firm might not be that uncommon, but a Manhattan DA 2L intern is just as uncommon as every other non-biglaw 2l summer to biglaw. Don't take the offer at the DA. An internship at Manhattan DA is not that prestigious (at least to warrant working at a firm if you want to). Further, the training you get at Manhattan will be completely different than the skills you need at biglaw. DA's are a trial practice, biglaw is motion.



Like I said, he should do this in the fall or the spring. He can still get good exp from it, but does not have to use his summer on it.

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Re: is this career suicide? (successful callback season)

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 04, 2010 6:17 pm

Surely one of the firms that gives you an offer will allow a public interest split. It's a pretty sweet deal: you get a firm salary, but spend half your summer working in government. My impression is that quite a few firms are open to this.

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Re: is this career suicide? (successful callback season)

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:25 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Surely one of the firms that gives you an offer will allow a public interest split. It's a pretty sweet deal: you get a firm salary, but spend half your summer working in government. My impression is that quite a few firms are open to this.



This is not recommended in this economy.

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Re: is this career suicide? (successful callback season)

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:28 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Surely one of the firms that gives you an offer will allow a public interest split. It's a pretty sweet deal: you get a firm salary, but spend half your summer working in government. My impression is that quite a few firms are open to this.



This is not recommended in this economy.


Not recommended by whom? Our career services office doesn't seem to think it's a problem. Splitting between two firms seems to be frowned upon (unless you're in Texas), but a public interest split still seems like a live option. I guess the fear would be that your firm would no-offer you after the summer, but I think now that firms have downsized their summer classes this is less of an issue. Certainly something to consider, especially since OP is considering forgoing an SA job entirely.

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Re: is this career suicide? (successful callback season)

Postby dresden doll » Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:30 pm

I strongly recommend not foregoing Biglaw next summer. If you must, do this as an internship during your school year.

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Re: is this career suicide? (successful callback season)

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:41 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Surely one of the firms that gives you an offer will allow a public interest split. It's a pretty sweet deal: you get a firm salary, but spend half your summer working in government. My impression is that quite a few firms are open to this.



This is not recommended in this economy.


Not recommended by whom? Our career services office doesn't seem to think it's a problem. Splitting between two firms seems to be frowned upon (unless you're in Texas), but a public interest split still seems like a live option. I guess the fear would be that your firm would no-offer you after the summer, but I think now that firms have downsized their summer classes this is less of an issue. Certainly something to consider, especially since OP is considering forgoing an SA job entirely.



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