fatduck wrote:it is extremely difficult and your law degree will not really help.
Patriot1208 wrote:For the federal law enforcement agencies the easiest way to get in is to have law enforcement experience. The NYPD detective always has a leg up on the law school grad unless that law school grad has other significant work experience (like a Manhatten prosecutor). And even then, the detective usually wins out. I'd wajor 80% of agents have prior law enforcement or military experience.
First of all, the easiest way to get employment in the FBI is proficiency in critical defense languages. If you speak Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, etc. and meet the other minimum qualifications for employment, you will certainly get into the hiring process.
Furthermore, you guys are acting like a JD is worthless in the FBI hiring process. The NYPD detective does not "always have a leg up on the law school grad." While a lot of FBI agents do have law enforcement or military experience, the majority of new hires do not. There are five special agent entry programs into the FBI: accounting, computer science, language, law, and diversified. Law enforcement experience falls under diversified, which also offers the fewest spots for new hires.
Having a law degree can definitely get your foot in the door, assuming one has good academic credentials and solid work experience, as well. Two years of any kind of full-time legal experience can qualify an applicant under the law entry program. There are plenty of other legal jobs, such as judicial clerk, JAG, or prosecutor, that would put an attorney ahead of many other FBI applicants.