DOJ Honors or Latham DC? Forum

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DOJ Honors or Latham DC?

Post by ChicagoHeat99 » Fri Jun 07, 2024 9:17 pm

Offer in hand from the firm but very strong DOJ connections from summer spent at civil. T14; magna; secondary journal; strong recommendations

Money is some factor, but not saddled with a full load of debt thankfully.

What would be a better experience do you all think?
Would it be stupid to not take honors if given an offer?
And what would the exit opportunities look like if you went the DOJ route?

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Re: DOJ Honors or Latham DC?

Post by Anonymous User » Sun Jun 09, 2024 9:41 am

ChicagoHeat99 wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2024 9:17 pm
Offer in hand from the firm but very strong DOJ connections from summer spent at civil. T14; magna; secondary journal; strong recommendations

Money is some factor, but not saddled with a full load of debt thankfully.

What would be a better experience do you all think?
Would it be stupid to not take honors if given an offer?
And what would the exit opportunities look like if you went the DOJ route?
Depends on what section of the civil division at DOJ. If you are going to litigate veterans benefits or immigration, then go to Latham obviously. If you are joining Fraud/National Courts/Civil Appellate/Federal Programs/Consumer Protection, then go with DOJ because the exit opportunities are vast and experience you'd get is superior to whatever you'll be doing at Latham (research memos and deposition summaries for partners for the first 3 years). People love to say that biglaw provides great training, but for litigation this is just flat out wrong.

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Re: DOJ Honors or Latham DC?

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Re: DOJ Honors or Latham DC?

Post by ChicagoHeat99 » Tue Jun 11, 2024 10:19 pm

What would the exit opportunities coming from National Courts look like? Would I be pigeonholed or could I do more general litigation? And would a V10 firm ever want me back after such a stint?

And would that be a slam dunk take over Latham?

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