Anyone know anything about this firm. General comments, quality of life, ability to make partner, quality of work?
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« on: October 02, 2008, 07:14:28 AM »
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I had an interview with a US Attorney's Office in CA a few weeks ago and ended up getting an offer for the position. Obviously another office could be completely different, but I'll tell you about my experience.
The interview was very brief and it seemed like it was more about me fitting in as a person than as an employee or anything else. The interviewer only asked me a couple of formal questions, around 4 or 5 and the rest was just discussing school, interesting things on my resume, etc. By interesting things on my resume I don't mean interesting work, I mean experiences they saw as fun or interesting places that I went. I was really surprised when I got the offer because I felt like the interview was not substantial enough to get a job out of.
I am a 1L and was offered a law clerk position with the USAO in San Diego. I have to let them know by Wednesday of next week.
Out of all of the jobs I have applied to this is the most appealing in terms of non-monetary factors. I want to practice in CA, so getting to know the San Diego legal community is a plus and the work itself is appealing. I had another interview with less interesting work in a less desirable area of California that would pay $16 an hour, but I have not heard back from them yet. Also I have an interview scheduled with a corporation in New England that would pay $25 an hour. The work there is interesting as well, the money is very good, but the location is not my favorite. I am work study eligible so hopefully I will be able to get funding to make $4,000 this summer at the USAO, which is around $10 an hour, but I could end up making nothing at the USAO. I am not in dire straits for money, but as we all know the money can be tempting.
Any advice. Should I take the USAO gig? Will USAO look good to firms when interviewing next year? How prestigious if at all are these positions?