Anonymous User wrote:Longtime lurker, first time poaster to this thread. Thread kept me warm at night as a 3L amongst often oblivious striver peers.
2014 grad, out of the vale. Government gig with legit 40-45 hour workweek and nice pay + benefits + apparent job security. Office seems like chill, decent folk. In my target city.
Best of luck to those still looking.
How did you find this position and what was your strategy when applying?
Did you have any relevant prior experience?
Also if you are comfortable doing so, please pm me. Very interested in this.
Thanks. I feel like I've died and woken up a boomer. Just with more debt.
Finding the position was mostly a stroke of luck and I don't have any advice on how to replicate it (wish I did). I didn't know of, or find, a stream of these types of jobs going in and some of the favorable benefits/terms I've only realized post-interview. Can't be much more help, unfortunately. It was a publicly listed position on a state website and I didn't have an in. The sort of thing that almost never results in a job. I do suspect the applicant pool wasn't as extensive as it might have been but I'm not sure of the total number of applications.
- Yes, public service background and public service course selection. I didn't have a direct tie to the office in which I was hired and my experience wasn't specifically on point. No private firm experience. FWIW, t10 school with above median grades.
- My application stressed my commitment to public service and my general experience in litigation. During the interview, it did seem that the prior background in public service, defined broadly, was a prerequisite.
- During the interview, I tried to make it clear that I was pleasant to be around and that wanted to be there for the long haul.
- In the interview I was able to articulate a compelling tie to the region. I also had a compelling reason why I didn't go the local schools so that helped demonstrate that I wasn't off chasing prestige rainbows. I didn't address the issue in the cover letter because I didn't have a good way of conveying the ties.
- I also tried to give a persuasive answer, related to my work before and during law school, as to why I wanted to do the work of the office specifically and why I found what the office did compelling (i.e., I didn't view it is lesser than bigfed or bigfirm work). Obviously I didn't talk about the contrast directly but I was clear as to why I thought the work they did was important -- "this is where a lot of the real cases happen and are adjudicated" kind of stuff -- and why my background led me to them.
- One of my interviewers seemed to like my file and I suspect they fought for me. Why? Zero idea. Really was mostly luck from start to finish.
Came after a pretty harsh rejection from a job I really wanted.
Anyways, stay strong Valers. Too many qualified applicants for not enough jobs. This whole process has been ridiculous from start to provisional finish.