1L Summer: U.S. Department of Labor vs. SF Public Defender?

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1L Summer: U.S. Department of Labor vs. SF Public Defender?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:14 pm

They are both in San Francisco. I have to decide by Tuesday. All else being equal, which one would look better for 2L OCI (I know 1L summer doesn't matter much, but to the extent that it does)? I'm at HYS btw.

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Re: 1L Summer: U.S. Department of Labor vs. SF Public Defender?

Postby sfdreaming09 » Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:16 pm

If you're talking about prestige, I would say DOL comes out on top. But I'm a 1L, so take that with a grain of salt. By the way, you're really lucky you get to be in SF.

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Re: 1L Summer: U.S. Department of Labor vs. SF Public Defender?

Postby nbaguy » Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:28 pm

sfdreaming09 wrote:If you're talking about prestige, I would say DOL comes out on top. But I'm a 1L, so take that with a grain of salt. By the way, you're really lucky you get to be in SF.


I would say that the difference is negligible, but if you want to have a shot at public defender or similar work in the future, the public defender position is your best bet. If you want to just do biglaw, the DoL position is probably slightly better, although again, negligible. More important than the line on the resume would be the experiences you get that you can talk about in OCI interviews.

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Re: 1L Summer: U.S. Department of Labor vs. SF Public Defender?

Postby linquest » Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:01 am

Unless you're really interested in practicing crim law, DOL would likely give you broader appeal as you'll probably get exposure to both civil rights and corporate issues. Also, may or may not make a difference, but what part of the DOL (W&H/OALJ/EBSA/etc) are we talking about, or will you be rotating through different divisions?

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Re: 1L Summer: U.S. Department of Labor vs. SF Public Defender?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:32 pm

linquest wrote:Unless you're really interested in practicing crim law, DOL would likely give you broader appeal as you'll probably get exposure to both civil rights and corporate issues. Also, may or may not make a difference, but what part of the DOL (W&H/OALJ/EBSA/etc) are we talking about, or will you be rotating through different divisions?


Thanks a lot for the response! I'm not sure if there will be any sort of rotating around, but I'll be working with the EBSA Division. Just out of curiosity - how exactly would this make a difference?

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Re: 1L Summer: U.S. Department of Labor vs. SF Public Defender?

Postby linquest » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:50 pm

Anonymous User wrote: I'm not sure if there will be any sort of rotating around, but I'll be working with the EBSA Division. Just out of curiosity - how exactly would this make a difference?


If you're interested in corporate, def go with DOL then. The different divisions in DOL can be quite specialized, so their marketability for jobs outside the DOL/government varies. Employee benefits is a stable practice area and few people go into that specialty, partially bc the field is almost as exciting as tax (that is, not very) and almost as difficult.

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Re: 1L Summer: U.S. Department of Labor vs. SF Public Defender?

Postby Danteshek » Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:19 pm

I interviewed with DOL last year. it's an administrative agency. not a lot of litigation, and the little there is in only in the solicitor's office, which is a relatively small part of the agency. most of what DOL does is investigate naughty employers. imo not a very interesting place to work. SF Public Defender sounds much better to me.




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