MyNameIsntJames wrote:Been studying a lot about becoming a PD & lurking these forums + looking at websites etc.,
I'm a 0L and one thing I've heard consistently is "go to school in the market you want to work", however, it seems like people are applying for PD/DA positions nationwide. Am I really restricted to these areas by school or can I attend GULC & have a legit shot @ Calif. PD jobs? (In theory assuming I'm a preferred candidate).
I am a rural DA in my 2nd very rural district. I'd imagine there's a sliding scale. Notre Dame, USC, Vanderbilt, and the like will get a bump compared to other applications from bad schools. Yale or Harvard would be viewed with suspicion-"what kind of flameout weirdo wants to be a DA coming out of those schools?" That said, middle of the class from USC v middle of the class from the local state law school where person has been an intern and knows the law a little bit and won't have the opportunity to jump to the USAO is a trickier proposition.
Another dynamic is jealousy/resentment among judges, defense attorneys, and even your own office. You're from rural state, went to rural state U for undergrad then to rural state U law, worked for 20 years to become chief deputy, and now this fancypants kid wants you to cut them a break? Flip side to that is with good credentials it's much easier to transition to the USAO/good firm.
Long story short: going to a good out of state law school is higher risk, higher reward.