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Anonymous User wrote:Have PD/DA offices ever demonstrated any type of yield protecting? I suppose it would make sense for top 5% t14, but from what I've heard BigLaw doesn't really like to recruit from PD/DA as much as they do out of law school. Curious if anyone on here as actually data/experience/anecdotes.
I'm around top 10% at T14. Got offers at multiple PD offices and will be joining PDS.
Nearly certain that YP doesn't happen at PD offices. The grades certainly weren't the most important part of my applications, but they were a nice cherry on top.
Just curious what do you think your strengths were if not for your grades that got you the multiple offers? You seem to be in an awesome position I hope to be there in a year or two!
I think it may be two things, though I'm not entirely certain:First, I have a decent amount of public speaking experience, both in court and otherwise.
I spent my 2L summer at a California office that allowed me to handle preliminary hearings. I also competed for four years in undergrad on a mock trial team. I also competed on a moot court team in law school. In total, I interned at four PD offices before I started interviewing for post-grad jobs.
Second, I spent a lot of time researching offices and prepping for interviews with folks from those offices.
I reached out to alums and other folks I knew to get as much info as I could about how the offices see their work. I then went through sample questions with those individuals. I also wrote down recurring questions and crafted answers that best represented what the offices were looking for. I tried to have multiple iterations of my answers. Sometimes, an interview called for only a high-level answer. Sometimes, interviewers would push for more, and I'd be ready with an anecdote or two.
When I got to panel interviews and was presented with fact patterns, I tried to brainstorm every question they could throw my way. Though offices usually ask for an opening or closing, they may also ask for a client simulation or a cross examination. I practiced and talked through those possibilities and tried to have every option ready to go.
To be honest, it's also a fair amount of luck. On particular days, I felt "on" in the interviews. That said, putting this time into prepping also helped me walk into interviews more confident than I would be otherwise.