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Best firms for an AUSA job

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Jun 22, 2022 12:47 pm

What BigLaw firms are best to go to if my ultimate goal is to become an AUSA in SDNY/EDNY/DNJ?

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Re: Best firms for an AUSA job

Post by Wild Card » Wed Jun 22, 2022 1:11 pm

Traditionally. SDNY has liked to hire from Davis Polk, Paul Weiss, and Debevoise. Recently, there has been love for Wachtell and Quinn Emanuel.

And there might be one hire from each of Weil, Ropes, Arnold & Porter, etc.

So the first five firms that I mentioned.

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Re: Best firms for an AUSA job

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Jun 22, 2022 1:14 pm

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What BigLaw firms are best to go to if my ultimate goal is to become an AUSA in SDNY/EDNY/DNJ?
The conventional wisdom is that you’ll have a good shot from the firms who are strong in white collar or litigation generally. For a while, Wachtell Lipton, Williams & Connolly, Paul, Weiss and DPW were regarded as the farm teams for SDNY, but it’s possible from most major NY firms — school, connections, clerkships and grades probably matter more than the name of the firm you’re working at.

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Re: Best firms for an AUSA job

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Jun 22, 2022 1:26 pm

Thanks so much! And how about for EDNY and DNJ?

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Re: Best firms for an AUSA job

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:04 pm

For those districts I would look at the Band 1 litigation: white collar elite in NY ranking on chambers - it's a pretty good litmus test for 1) firms where you can get good WC experience and 2) firms with a strong group of formers from SDNY/EDNY (which is in many ways the most important factor).

More important than firm choice will be identifying the right partners to work for once you get there and getting on their workstreams (at least from what I've seen with peers who have moved over).

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Re: Best firms for an AUSA job

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:42 pm

I think for SDNY, the strongest roster is now at WilmerHale.

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Re: Best firms for an AUSA job

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Jun 22, 2022 3:49 pm

Because of the composition of the new hires in General Crimes, or because they hired Preet?

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