YCrevolution wrote:Apple Tree wrote:This might seem like a too general question. I'll specify more if needed.
How easy is it to get a public interest job after graduation? I'm not really familiar with how public interest sectors hire, but do many of them come to UVA's OGI?
Aside from a few gov't agencies and a few DA/PD offices, PI employers don't come to UVA OGI. There is a February PI OGI session (in which 1Ls can also often participate). We do have an intense PI dean/director (Yared Getachew) who can provide some guidance.
As for how easy/hard it is to get a PI job after graduation, that depends on what you want to do. Getting a nice/prestigious federal job is going to be difficult as will working for any of the really big PI orgs. If you're willing to go smaller (and possibly non-urban), your biggest challenge is probably going to be convincing the PI org that you're committed to PI work (as well as their hiring needs... they're a lot smaller than biglaw)... make sure you rack up some serious pro bono hours when you're in law school, including 1L (if you can) and 2L year.
I think that YC had TCR. But, to add a couple details:
1) A lot of people think that PI is easier to get than Big Law, often its harder. For many organizations, you have to have both the grades + the passion. That said, a lot of places will look past grades.
2) You have to do a lot of hustling - there's only so much Yared can do (though, he works incredibly hard). If you want a PI job, you have to be willing to go out there and do the hustling. You can't just send in an application, you have to contact alumnis and do everything you can to go out there and hunt down the jobs.
3) A lot of places won't hire you until you pass the bar - so, you have to widen your search. One thing that people who want to be local DA's will do are state trial court and appellate clerkships.
Overall, I think the take home point is that no matter where you go to law school, its a tougher path to pursue PI jobs. That said, I think that UVA will put you in a great position to get them and there is great support at UVA if you choose to go down the PI path.