"Government Jobs" Post Biglaw

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"Government Jobs" Post Biglaw

Postby JDeezy » Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:08 pm

0L trying to make that final decision of whether or not to go...

I've seen a lot of people mention exiting the biglaw world and transitioning to a Government job.

Does "Government" in this sense refer to strictly DA offices/USAOs?

Are there good government jobs available in various departments that are sought after by ex-law firm types? Working in the Department of Education/Agriculture/Etc?

Any links to topics or articles would be appreciated, couldn't find much in my own search.

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Re: "Government Jobs" Post Biglaw

Postby BruceWayne » Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:22 pm

http://www.cftc.gov/About/Careers/Caree ... /index.htm

All of these places regularly hire people who have worked at large law firms (actually other than people who have already worked for a major federal agency that's about THE ONLY people they hire). However, I would not use this as a way of evaluating whether law school is a smart choice. Unfortunately these places hire almost exclusively from the very top of the class (top 25% is usually as low as they will go from the rest of the top 14, after than you're looking at law review honors only. And still they heavily prefer those stats at top 14 too) unless the applicant attended HYS. Even at HYS things aren't easy. Getting a job at one of these places is simply not a realistic goal for most law students.

If your goal is to work at one of these places (or a large law firm) I would advise not attending law school or doing what you need to do to be admitted to one of Harvard, Yale, or Stanford law schools. If you are OK with state government and legal aid then attending law school at most places is probably OK as long as you aren't paying too much.

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