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District Attorney to Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:36 pm

Although I am passionate about pursuing and making a career out of prosecution, I wanted people's thoughts on the "transferability" to big law after 5 years in a high profile DA office.

Does this type of work look goods to Big Law firms? Any thoughts would be great...

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Re: District Attorney to Big Law

Postby jbiresq » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:18 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Although I am passionate about pursuing and making a career out of prosecution, I wanted people's thoughts on the "transferability" to big law after 5 years in a high profile DA office.

Does this type of work look goods to Big Law firms? Any thoughts would be great...


I have seen a lot of DA to Assistant U.S. Attorney. Theoretically you could go to biglaw from there. But straight from DA to Biglaw doesn't seem like it happens much at all.

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Re: District Attorney to Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:24 pm

Depends what you do at the DA's office. I've heard of people who did a lot of financial/white collar stuff at Manhattan DA who could take that to the defense side in the private sector.

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Re: District Attorney to Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:35 pm

I've seen people at my top20 largest city in America DA office go to the defense litigation side before.

Most just flip and go to the defense bar.

I can't imagine working in the private sector after working the DA hours. Would be a miserable shock.

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Re: District Attorney to Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I've seen people at my top20 largest city in America DA office go to the defense litigation side before.

Most just flip and go to the defense bar.

I can't imagine working in the private sector after working the DA hours. Would be a miserable shock.


Not all DA Offices are "good" hours...some work you a ton. But I agree, most what I see is from DA to defense bar.

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Re: District Attorney to Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:50 pm

I've seen several people at the Manhattan DA do this to pretty decent biglaw firms (boies, kasowitz, Quinn, wilmerhale, and a few others if an think of off hand). Many come straight from the trial division though others from economic crimes and investigations.




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