ALeal90 wrote:Wow. So should I start to gear up for a career in the private sector now? lol. Outside of graduating top ten percent in my class in undergrad with honors, writing a thesis, working on the Obama campaign and serving as the secretary of an advisory board in my local government I don't have much else to offer. I mean I do have few years of general work experience but nothing serious. I imagine those candidates selected for GLP had resumes superior to mine.. Is there anything I can do from now to August 2014 that would help? Maybe join USAF reserves?
Your undergrad background is solid and shows some connection/interest in public service. That is good. I cannot hazard any guesses in terms of how competitive you will be for GLP - when you have fewer than five folks selected from a pool of hundreds, there are going to be some arbitrary decisions made. You can make an analogy to an AUSA or fed district clerk position - everyone is smart and well credentialed from the get go. Your stats were solid enough to get you into law school - now the "reset" button gets pushed and you have to distinguish yourself from your new peers, who are all going to be smart and competitive.
Some selected for GLP are prior service, either officer or enlisted. Some were college athletes. Some have other advanced degrees. Some have spent significant time in DOD or other Fed positions as a civilian. Everyone applying for these positions are going to have a great resume, so stop stressing out if your resume is better/worse. Everyone brings something different in respect to strengths/weaknesses.
Stay involved with public service, in whatever form that takes. Ideally, you can get linked up with USAO/local DA or Public Defender as a volunteer, where you can also gain some sense of litigation experience along the way.
Also, start managing your expectations early. It is great that you are proactively working on your GLP application but the odds are against you, and everyone else, for selection. That should not dissuade you - someone is going to be among those three selects, but have a well researched “Plan B” for your 1L summer, along with your OYCP application and Summer Intern application for your 2L. There are a number of folks on this board that went through 4+ application cycles for DAP prior to selection – that is over a year of multiple rejections.