Horsefeathers wrote: bjsesq wrote:
Horsefeathers wrote:Wondering if you have a sense of how NU grads are competing these days for BigFed jobs? I already put down my seat deposit at NU and am excited to start in the fall, but have got some serious cold feet about sticker and have zero interest in BigLaw.
While the LRAP is a real incentive for me, I realize that NU is not exactly a finishing school for high level federal legal jobs. Is it a case of "if there's a will, there's a way" - provided competitive class standing - or would I likely find one strike against me because of NU orientation? And what percentile is competetive for such jobs?
I'd appreciate any information, annectdotal, made-up, or otherwise.
I have a friend who is DOJ for her 2L summer, so I'll see what her thoughts on the matter are.
Thanks a lot. Looking forward to hearing her thoughts.
And I am that friend. I am working at the DOJ summer (and loving it). As far as I can tell, going to Northwestern in no way hurts you vis-a-vis getting a job with one of the major governmental organizations. Northwestern produces plenty of 1L DOJ people, 2L SLIP interns, and 3L honors program entrants. Plus I know many more people who are working for other governmental agencies this summer... off the top of my head I know people who are working (or have worked for) the DOJ, the SEC, the FTC, the FCC, and the EPA. And that doesn't take into account all of the federal clerks that come out of NU (important because many of the BigFed agencies like to hire ex-clerks).
The process for getting one of these jobs is admittedly a bit of a black box. I will say that there are some things that they clearly seem to like: Performing well at a good school, working in a clinic, having public service experience your 1L summer (instead of, say, a firm job), writing ability (can be demonstrated through LR or journal membership, or eventually publications when you're looking at post-school), and a sincere desire to work for the organization in question, and the specific section of that organization you are interested in. If you have more specific questions on my experience applying for this program, feel free to PM me and I'll do my best to answer.
Also: for those of you talking about judicial externships and SFPIF funding. Externships are exempt not because they're considered outside of public interest, but rather because outside funding is available. Namely, if you have a judicial externship (whether in the Chicago area or in another area of the country) you can take the judicial practicum course over the summer. Taking the course entitles you to a loan for summer living expenses (as does taking any course over the summer). SFPIF is designed to provide funding to people who have no other
options. Thus, anyone attempting to get a SFPIF grant has to explore outside funding opportunities before a grant will be awarded. This necessarily excludes paying jobs, jobs that enable you to take a summer loan because they come along with a class, and any situation where the job is non-paying but you are awarded a grant for the summer from another organization.