sonia23 wrote:Thanks so much for your response. I really appreciate the candid nature of it.
To follow up on the previous answer, I believe that DANY is more known for white collar, but I'm not sure what the other offices are actually known for. I would imagine Bronx allows you more trial experience quicker. Also, I know that Queens is pretty selective in picking its candidates. Could you just elaborate a bit on the offices please? At this point if I got an offer, I would be behind two or possibly three rounds on Brooklyn. I'm hoping they hurry up soon ://
I'm not an expert on all the offices, but here's my impression of them:
DANY is huge on white collar/financial crimes; their cybercrimes unit (only financial crimes) is well-known. Not a lot of violent crime. Bronx/Brooklyn have the most violent crimes, so if you want to be a homicide ADA, those are your best bets (in that order). Bronx is also getting more and more involved in Riker's reform, while Brooklyn's still in a transition phase but seems to be doing a lot with wrongful convictions and elder abuse (both also are working on cybercrimes units, I believe, but I think they're deciding on what exactly they want to focus on; last I checked both are thinking of focusing on cyberbullying). You're probably right that Bronx will probably have people on trials faster than most of the other offices just by virtue of how many cases they deal with/their shirt to vertical. I don't honestly remember what Queens is up to these days. Nassau is big on the opioid epedemic, which isn't a shocker to anyone who knows the demographics of Nassau. They're also trying to move towards Red Hook-style problem-solving, but that's probably a ways off (like years).
In terms of "politics," based on what I heard from my internship at one of the offices (a lot of people had moved from other offices to my office), from most to least progressive, I'd maybe say Brooklyn -> Bronx -> Manhattan -> Queens/Nassau. Not in terms of Dems to GOP, so much as in terms of how they charge things/handle things in arraignments, alternative programs they use, what they will/won't DP or give offers on, etc. E.g., from what I hear, Brooklyn will automatically put a lot of things as misdems, that offices like Queens or Nassau would charge as felonies and keep as felonies for as long as possible. You're going to be stuck at whatever office you land at for 3 years, so you should make sure you believe in what that office is doing/not doing. Try to get a sense of these things during your interviews, too.
An offer definitely speeds things up. I did multiple rounds at one office in a week after months of radio silence because of my offer and its short deadline. That doesn't work for everyone though; someone else in my class was in the same position (offer at other office, mentioned it to this office) and still more or less got radio silence, at which point they just accepted their offer and moved on. Either way just don't let an office pressure you into accepting like a day later or something; you're signing away 3 years of your life to the office (in theory, anyway), you're entitled to want to make sure you're signing it over to the right people.