TheUnicornHunter wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Thanks.
I'm assuming that it's a little less competitive where I am. I've heard VERY few go the DA route from my school, so I'd be a bit of a novelty candidate.
Would you recommend trying to intern there in the Spring, instead of the USAO? What should I be doing to increase my chances? I think I'll be good in the interview room and give a fairly compelling story as to why I want to be there.
I guess I just want to go in with some confidence that I'll get an offer.
Not going to be as nice as Nony. Nobody gives a shit where you went to school. As you point out, most of the ADAs did not go to a school like yours, so if anything you're going to have to overcome the strong presumption that you're a turd. Your application to the USAO won't help you- it's going to feed the presumption that you're not really interested in state level work.
Best thing you can do is network your ass off. If your goal is to work at the DA's office and not the USAO ABSOLUTELY intern there in the spring. The more you can show them that not only are you smart, but you're also someone whose easy to work with and actually wants to be an ADA, the better the interview process will go for you.
Um, this is a little off. Interning at the DA's office s/he wants to apply to is obviously credited, but doing an internship at the USAO isn't going to work against you. On the contrary, it demonstrates a commitment to prosecution and public service work. If this person can combine an internship at the DA's office and a USAO internship, even better. Many of the ADA's I know interned at a USAO during law school as well.