State prosecutor ---> federal court clerk ---> US Atty?

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State prosecutor ---> federal court clerk ---> US Atty?

Postby PublicInterest » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:18 pm

Assume decent stats ( honors at ccn, NY County DA, and something like SDNY clerkship). Is this at all possible? I could do biglaw but really think I'd hate it and want to go straight into state prosecution. I didn't apply for clerkships as a 3L because I'm an idiot and always thought I'd go straight to a DAs office. But now I'm thinking I want to keep my options open and maybe go federal down the line. Thoughts?

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Re: State prosecutor ---> federal court clerk ---> US Atty?

Postby anon168 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:25 pm

PublicInterest wrote:Assume decent stats ( honors at ccn, NY County DA, and something like SDNY clerkship). Is this at all possible? I could do biglaw but really think I'd hate it and want to go straight into state prosecution. I didn't apply for clerkships as a 3L because I'm an idiot and always thought I'd go straight to a DAs office. But now I'm thinking I want to keep my options open and maybe go federal down the line. Thoughts?


Yes it's possible but I think you could as easily skip the clerkship and your chances of getting an AUSA would not be hurt, especially with offices that really like to poach from local DAOs.

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Re: State prosecutor ---> federal court clerk ---> US Atty?

Postby lawstudentabc123 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:36 pm

Do you have an offer from DANY?

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Re: State prosecutor ---> federal court clerk ---> US Atty?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:39 pm

lawstudentabc123 wrote:Do you have an offer from DANY?


No. Just had second round. If I don't get it ill probably start applying for 2014 clerkships.

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Re: State prosecutor ---> federal court clerk ---> US Atty?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:46 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
lawstudentabc123 wrote:Do you have an offer from DANY?


No. Just had second round. If I don't get it ill probably start applying for 2014 clerkships.

Mind sharing when you had your round one?

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Re: State prosecutor ---> federal court clerk ---> US Atty?

Postby PublicInterest » Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
lawstudentabc123 wrote:Do you have an offer from DANY?


No. Just had second round. If I don't get it ill probably start applying for 2014 clerkships.

Mind sharing when you had your round one?


About 2-4 weeks ago. Don't want tons at when specifically because I've probably come close enough to outing self

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Re: State prosecutor ---> federal court clerk ---> US Atty?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:34 pm

any other thoughts on this path?

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Re: State prosecutor ---> federal court clerk ---> US Atty?

Postby nevdash » Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:58 pm

Seems possible. I want to follow the same kind of path, but it seems like you might have to go DANY --> AIII clerkship --> DANY --> USAO. If you spend too much time in your first DA stint, you risk losing your shot at a clerkship. If you spend too little time, then you risk not having enough experience for a USAO, even after a clerkship. I think it would be credited to go 1-2 years DANY --> clerkship --> 2-3 years DANY, then apply. Also, tons of D.Ct. judges were former AUSAs (the judge for whom I'll be clerking next year was one, and I came across a ton of others in my search); try to clerk for one of them so you can use that connection.




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