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JDeezy
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Govt Relations/Political Law/Pub Policy Practice Groups

Postby JDeezy » Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:05 am

From stalking associates' bios on biglaw websites I noticed that a lot of those in Govt Relations/Political Law/Public Policy Law practice groups worked as congressional aides (or something similar) before law school.

Is that more a product of natural selection or is having a job on the Hill a prerequisite for entering those practice groups?

Also, since most of these jobs are in DC, do biglaw firms with Government groups target GULC/UVA anymore than say Mich or NU?

JDeezy
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Re: Govt Relations/Political Law/Pub Policy Practice Groups

Postby JDeezy » Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:04 pm

Anyone have any insight?

I'll bump this once, then shut up.

JDeezy
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Life Decision, Help friends!

Postby JDeezy » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:47 pm

Hate to bump again, but I'm going to be making a pretty significant life decision here and just wondering if anyone has any insight.

In short, I'll be matriculating to law school in fall 2014 (most likely lower T14.) My ideal law job would be a biglaw gig in a Government/Political Law practice group.

Trying to decide what to do with my time between now and matriculation. My second choice would be working on the Hill in some capacity. That would become my first choice, however, if it would significantly up my chances of landing said gig in said practice group.

So:

I know its a feat just to get a job in biglaw, so is targeting a particular practice group so ridiculous that I shouldn't even think about it?

Or is it worth it to mold a resume' to fit the desired group? Would targeting a Government group be impossible without hill/politics/gov't experience?

Gorki
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Re: Govt Relations/Political Law/Pub Policy Practice Groups

Postby Gorki » Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:15 pm

EDIT: I am not working on the Hill at all, but I am just gonna throw out these bigger picture items for you to consider.

1. Do you want to practice or be in politics? They are not mutually exclusive, but if you go to the right t14 and meet the right people it is easier than striving from the masses of polisci BAs that want in on the Hill.

2. If you express interest in a niche practice group it can be a double edged sword: On one side if your story is compelling it can make the firm think you went to LS knowing what you wanted to do; If your story is not compelling they will either think you do not know what your getting into, or your interest in government practice is just a guise to try to stand out... The other bit is if you are dedicated to that practice area, the firm may really like you but they just aren't looking to add juniors to that branch... You should find out how many people started at those firms as juniors and became government specialists versus how many did the big law grind somewhere and sorta fell into the government practice and lateraled out.

3. I would say that w/o any Government experience at all your story will not seem authentic to firms (by that I mean, as I said above, you will come across as desperate law student that is willing to be whoever they can to get a job). If you can somehow get a job working in D.C. between now and starting law school, that would be amazing. It further builds your story... But, as I am sure you know this is easier said than done.

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Re: Govt Relations/Political Law/Pub Policy Practice Groups

Postby JDeezy » Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:31 pm

Appreciate it. Thank you.




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