Anonymous User wrote:FSK wrote:I've done a lot of research on this. Starting from the bottom is awful, but it can be done. I know of one Chief of Staff who started from the bottom from a mediocre law school.
The better way is to grind out 5 years in a relevant substantive area, while volunteering on campaigns and doing ACS/FedSoc and the like, and then jump in at the LA/Counsel level.
Interested in this. I assume "relevant substantive area" would have to be something in litigation (i.e. white-collar crime, etc.)? Does it matter whether you're practicing in NY or DC before you try to make the jump?
Currently a first-year NY corp associate and I hate it. Want to move over to lit ---> fed govt and the path you outlined above seems ideal.
Some corp areas would be useful for the financial services committees. Its not too hard to figure out when you're trying to come to the hill as a policy guy. Know your shit, have connections, and be willing to work a lot for low pay.
Want to work on judiciary? Be an expert in patents or antitrust or civil rights or w/e. Want to work for Health? Know something about the health industry. Super points if you have connections on and off the hill from the outset.