SA vs. DOJ Intern--please read, need advice asap

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SA vs. DOJ Intern--please read, need advice asap

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:22 pm

Desperately seeking advice. Need to make decision by tomorrow. 2L at a tier 2 school, top 5%. Offered SA position (paid) in a small 35-40 attorney firm in CT for this summer, but do not want to practice in CT. The thought of it gives me anxiety. Struck out for OCI elsewhere. Also offered a DOJ Internship (unpaid). I want to be in DC long-term. I know I have no chance at biglaw in DC, but I'd be happy at a midsize firm or working in the government. Am I selling myself short by forgoing a SA position in a respected firm? I already have firm experience on my resume. I honestly have no idea what to do.

I understand that going to D.C. involves more risk, but there is no guarantee the firm would offer me employment after this summer. Even if I did accept employment at this firm, it is my understanding that lateraling to DC is incredibly challenging. I don't want to be stuck at a firm here for 2-5 years before I can consider lateraling. Also, I'm hoping that by being in DC this summer, I could make connections that may aid me in securing employment after I graduate. I'm also open to clerking and the DOJ honors program--honestly working anywhere so long as it is in DC and not CT.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. I'm beyond stressed.
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Re: SA vs. DOJ EOUSA Intern--please read, need advice asap

Postby RaceJudicata » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:42 pm

Sounds like you want to go to DC, so... go to DC.

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Re: SA vs. DOJ EOUSA Intern--please read, need advice asap

Postby Surfcali07 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:55 pm

Beyond the fact that I want to go to D.C., is it a dumb move for my career? Or is it worth the risk?

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Re: SA vs. DOJ EOUSA Intern--please read, need advice asap

Postby misterjames » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:33 pm

I think you're underestimating your chances of landing well in DC, whether it's immediately after school or a few years on. like the other poster said, if you want to be in DC, go work in DC. also you outted yourself btw...

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Re: SA vs. DOJ EOUSA Intern--please read, need advice asap

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:03 pm

IMO your chances of landing a D.C. position while doing the internship is probably just as big as you going to the firm. Even worse is that your chances of actually being employed at all might be smaller if you don't go the firm route. I think you should think of practice areas that are transferable to D.C. rather than just focusing on D.C. Also, getting a government job in D.C. is just as hard as getting a biglaw job in D.C.

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Re: SA vs. DOJ EOUSA Intern--please read, need advice asap

Postby ballouttacontrol » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:04 pm

go where u want ur career to go bro. if u want to do DOJ/govt work, working at the firm likely isnt gonna help u do that, unless they specialize in something easily transferable to gov't

neither choice seems objectively dumb to me

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Re: SA vs. DOJ EOUSA Intern--please read, need advice asap

Postby zot1 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:05 pm

Go to D.C. Make connections. Have fun. Hustle.




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