Anonymous User wrote:
Nodbugger wrote:1L, T4 school, large city, not NY, decent grades, I'm currently working in that cities prosecutors office. Will a NY DA office consider me? I've already been told as long as I want to I can keep interning here until I graduate. I would like to work here when I graduate, girlfriend is a New Yorker so I'm hoping I could have a decent chance out there.
I was never involved in the interview process but it seems like you'd have a shot. People at my office came from all over. Does your girlfriend live in NY now? Are you planning on moving to NY after graduation? Where do you really want to work?
Is this you, thread OP? You were a direct hire? Were you not straight out of law school? EDIT: I might have misread that. Do you mean you never conducted interviews?
Nodbugger, NY offices seem to consider everyone, as OP mentioned above. When I interned at an office, ADAs came from all over, many from out of state schools I'd never even heard of. It might be somewhat tougher for you to get your foot in the door if the office doesn't directly recruit at your school (like OCI) but if you reach out you should get a screener. I've heard of some offices combining interview rounds to make the travel aspect easier. If you can, and have the means to (i.e. a grant) see if you can try to 2L summer at an office. IIRC 2L summers at some offices get to skip the screener if they receive a satisfactory performance review.
In my opinion, the hiring is such a black box and there really isn't one objective factor on paper that ensures a hire or no-offer (i.e. ties to NYC, school tier, moot court champion, grades, etc.). I mean it all helps, but really nothing disqualifies you. That being said, your interview performance is probably the single most important consideration for hiring. The District Attorney 2014/2015/2016 Threads on TLS are a good resource for what to expect there.