Ialdabaoth wrote:Hi, twistedwrister. Thanks for taking questions for so long!
I was just wondering do you know many people who are interested in entering PI or federal government positions directly after graduation? And if so, how have they fared in seeking that type of employment? I know NYU has a great reputation for public interest and that a higher percentage of each class goes that route than much of the t14, but I'd love to hear any personal success (or not) stories that you have heard. Thanks!
You're welcome! Like every other legal sector job, PI and government positions have become more competitive. IIRC, none of my friends applied to DOJ Honors this year. However, several friends of mine have received PI fellowships (Skadden, etc.) this year, and a good buddy turned down an offer from BSF to work at a fed agency in D.C.
As you mentioned, NYU is more PI/gov focused than its peer schools. Here is the employment sector breakdown (% in firm/gov/PI) for CCN from the ABA
NYU: 75.1 / 2.2 / 9.2
Columbia: 81.7 / 1.7 / 3.0
Chicago: 81.3 / 2.0 / 0.5 (ONE STUDENT!)
The difference is significant, and NYU is a great school if you want to do PI, but make no mistake, most NYU students go to firms.