Tanicius wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Got a Bronx Defenders callback. (3L)
As it currently stands, this trip will cost a good bit of money and take away critical study time very close to finals. This office is very high on my list, so I want to go but I'm wondering whether it's worth it.
Does anybody know roughly how many people get these callbacks? Or how many 3Ls are hired (on average) for staff attorney positions from this pool? Anything relevant to this would be much appreciated...
Seriously? So many people would kill to be in your position (including me - dinged after EJW). If you don't want the job, someone else will GLADLY miss studying to go. Don't mean to sound like an ass, so sorry if I do. Go to the interview if you want a job - and be grateful for having the opportunity that so many people didn't get.
It's a serious problem, IMO. The callback interviews for these jobs cost an arm and a leg, and they're often spent for less than 10% odds. The employers need to be more cognizant of this issue and at least start offering to use Skype in lieu of in-person interviews unless they are willing to foot the airfare bill.
This is true with clerkship interviews as well. I think doing something like picking up the law firm hiring model would make more sense where you do a screener over the phone (or even video conference), and if that interviewer thinks its a good fit, they call you in for a full round of interviews (where offer rates are closer to 33-50%). It's crazy because some DA and PD offices do 3 to 4 rounds of interviews, where the candidate is required to come in (requiring you to take time off of work if you live in a different part of the country) and foot the entire bill yourself For example, I interviewed with the Manhattan DA's office while I was clerking in a different city, and they required 4 rounds of interviews, required me to pay the cost of travel by myself, and, to make matters worse, they offer the "lucky" ones $60k /year in Manhattan AND require a 3 year commitment. It's kind of a shitty deal unless you are jobless, live in NYC, and are okay with living in poverty for a minimum of 3 years (don't get me wrong, $60k would be a perfectly acceptable salary for a DA in many places, but it's not in Manhattan).