Anonymous User wrote:eav1277 wrote:If you want DA/PD, what do you view as most important to securing a position? How would you rank in order of importance prestige/ranking of school, dedication to the field, grades, experience, moot court (please include any other factors I'm missing if important, alumni network?
sorry the the million questions. Is the hiring market as bad as everyone says? Thanks for doing this
I know this answer isn't very helpful, but it really depends a lot on the office. Most offices don't care much about prestige/rank, but DANY is beginning to consider that as a pretty strong factor the last few years. If I had to generally rank the factors they consider in hiring it would be:
Dedication to public service (not just to prosecution)
Other work experience (public service/volunteer work/clinics)
Ability to communicate quickly, concisely, and thoroughly
The problem with ranking the above factors is that they're completely fluid. Someone who had no experience working in a prosecution office but had a ton of volunteer experience and a clear dedication to public service might have just as good a shot as someone who interned at a prosecutor's office and was on moot court. Overall, I think you're a package and you need to have a clear reason for wanting to be a prosecutor, and a proven track record displaying that reason.
In terms of the hiring market, it is certainly competitive, but my office is hiring pre-2008 numbers again, so things are looking up.
I was thinking about this today. Being able to not take things personally, both when a judge is in a bad mood, or when your supervisor gives you a hard time for something you didn't even know you had to do. A lot of times you don't know what you don't know until you mess something up.
Also, you need to have an opinion, and being willing to back it up and stand by it. Everyone, judges and defense attorneys, are going to try to get you to back down, make lower offers and things like that. It is important that you're able to recognize when they're right, and when you're right and act accordingly. Some defense attorneys are in court all the time and know what a case is worth before you even open your file. Those are the ones you need to take advice from when negotiating a plea. Others will say anything to get their client a better offer. You need to know the difference. The only way to know the difference without a lot of experience is to trust yourself. This is why they test you using hypos during the interview process. They want to see if you'll back down, and when.