Looking for a little advice from the experienced PD types here. My situation is a bit odd, so I'm interested in opinions on what my next move should be.
T50 recently graduated (May)
Top 40% or so grades (went from top-8% first semester progressively down toward median
Spent 1L summer working for a Major League Baseball organization (non-legal, but a really cool job)
Spent 2L summer working a BIGLAW associateship, hated it
Started taking death penalty/crim law classes from a great professor 3L fall, found my passion
Worked in a post-conviction DP/innocence clinic entire 3L year
Did internship in felony/juvenile/appellate divisions at Harris County (Houston) PD's office spring semester 3L year
I put off taking the bar because I'm saving money right now to take BarBri/pay the fees associated with taking the bar. Absolutely loved showing up to work at the PD's office all semester, even though the emotional grind of working on felony cases was a lot to handle. Found my passion a bit too late, so I missed the PD recruiting from last year. Ideally looking to catch on with a PD's office before deciding where to take the bar (can take either February or July or both, if necessary).
I have 100% geographical flexibility. From South Carolina, went to law school in Texas. I'd love to get back to Houston, but the Harris County PD doesn't hire entry-level. I made a number of great contacts there. Didn't have the opportunity at the PD's office to take on any cases of my own (Harris County PD doesn't do misdemeanor), but I played an active role in trial prep/voir dire/client meetings. Plus I helped work on multiple appeals, including one that has a really good shot in the state appeals court right now.
What things should I be doing? I've done the basic research on all of the different offices, and I emailed a lot of people last spring (to find out that most hire during the fall).