Entry-level federal government

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Re: Entry-level federal government

Postby anonymcoffee » Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:55 pm

@to the Anonymous Poster who had "excellent grades, experience, references, and overall credentials," what do you think made you not get through the selection process? Do you think it was something on your resume or is it something you said, maybe explain what you mean when you said you were accurate?

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Re: Entry-level federal government

Postby leobowski » Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:57 am

Any success stories from anyone who struck out at honors hiring, but got a second bite at the apple via a clerkship?

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Re: Entry-level federal government

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:16 pm

3rd tier school. Top 28%. No Journal / Law Review. No Moot Court. No student activities. Just got a summer associate position with a well-respected federal congressional agency in DC for summer after 2L, which essentially turns into a real job post-graduation.

APPLY APPLY APPLY. Send your resume everywhere. Do every interview you can get. Do it until you can't do it anymore. You will get a job.

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Re: Entry-level federal government

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:22 pm

Is anyone able to speak to whether doing private sector 2L summer effectively boxes you out of federal positions for a few years? The posters who spoke about what's needed for entry-level positions mentioned the pristine public interest record they'd accrued, so that's obviously a worry; at the same time, big law associates after a few years do seem able to lateral over. Am I right in understanding that this implies a no-chance period in the middle, where you're locked into big law for a time once you commit? Could an Article III clerkship post-3L change the equation?

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Re: Entry-level federal government

Postby anon168 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:37 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Is anyone able to speak to whether doing private sector 2L summer effectively boxes you out of federal positions for a few years? The posters who spoke about what's needed for entry-level positions mentioned the pristine public interest record they'd accrued, so that's obviously a worry; at the same time, big law associates after a few years do seem able to lateral over. Am I right in understanding that this implies a no-chance period in the middle, where you're locked into big law for a time once you commit? Could an Article III clerkship post-3L change the equation?


No, it does not.

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Re: Entry-level federal government

Postby WhiteyCakes » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:43 pm

Does a federal clerkship after graduation help land a good fed job or is it completely useless in that respect?

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Re: Entry-level federal government

Postby anon168 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:47 pm

WhiteyCakes wrote:Does a federal clerkship after graduation help land a good fed job or is it completely useless in that respect?


Depends on what you mean by "good fed job".

AUSA? It helps.
DOJ? Sure.
SEC? Not so much.
GSA? Um, no.
FBI? Nope.

You get the picture. It just depends.

Litigating components will value a clerkship more so than regulatory ones.

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Re: Entry-level federal government

Postby WhiteyCakes » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:49 pm

anon168 wrote:
WhiteyCakes wrote:Does a federal clerkship after graduation help land a good fed job or is it completely useless in that respect?


Depends on what you mean by "good fed job".

AUSA? It helps.
DOJ? Sure.
SEC? Not so much.
GSA? Um, no.
FBI? Nope.

You get the picture. It just depends.

Litigating components will value a clerkship more so than regulatory ones.


Probably the most helpful and least douchey response I have ever received on TLS. Thanks

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Re: Entry-level federal government

Postby anon168 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:57 pm

WhiteyCakes wrote:
anon168 wrote:
WhiteyCakes wrote:Does a federal clerkship after graduation help land a good fed job or is it completely useless in that respect?


Depends on what you mean by "good fed job".

AUSA? It helps.
DOJ? Sure.
SEC? Not so much.
GSA? Um, no.
FBI? Nope.

You get the picture. It just depends.

Litigating components will value a clerkship more so than regulatory ones.


Probably the most helpful and least douchey response I have ever received on TLS. Thanks


You're welcome. Please feel free to let me know if you have other questions, esp. about fed jobs.




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