You want to litigate, right? (references to JAG/USAO).What are good-but-not-great grades? From what I hear, you will probably need top 25% to get an interview at DOJ from a school ranked similar to Emory (but that's what I was told in 2007; not sure if you'll need higher grades now that everyone is probably flocking to government).Has your CSO made any suggestions?
Considered federal law enforcement? Although, if you don't want to just push paper, you may want to avoid the FBI.With base pay + locality + 25% LEAP, most investigation types jobs pay over 50k starting out and early pay increases come fairly quickly.There are tons of agencies, DEA, ATF, ICE, USSS, DSS (Diplomatic Security Service, if you want to or wouldn't mind living in Maputo), NCIS, AFOSI, etc
I always assumed that a USAO job was really hard to get. I am guessing it's even harder to get now, but it looks like I need to look into this more. Are there any legal government jobs that start out at GS-11 that aren't that hard to land? Also, very stupid question: USAO is just a smaller part of the DOJ, right?
Are there any legal government jobs that start out at GS-11 that aren't that hard to land?
Quote from: Number81 on April 28, 2009, 06:44:32 PMAre there any legal government jobs that start out at GS-11 that aren't that hard to land? Not really. Base salary for entry-level attorneys is at GS-9. GS-11 is usually for Honors Program entrants. The agencies that pay more than GS-11 starting (SEC, USPS, etc) are even more competitive. The scary thing is that applications from attorneys are now flooding the market for quasi-legal job titles. I've spoken with attorneys from DHHS, DOD and EEOC who have told me that they're getting hundreds of attorneys applying for job titles like paralegal, examiner or investigator, that are GS-5 or GS-7.
One year of professional legal experience; or the second professional law degree (LL.M) which requires one full year of graduate study; or the first professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.), provided the applicant’s records show superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by one of the following:A. Academic standing in the upper third of the law school graduating class;B. Work or achievement of significance on law school’s official law review;C. Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif;D. Winning of a moot court competition or membership on the moot court team which represents the law school or in competition with other law schools;E. Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program;F. Significant summer law office clerk experience;G. Other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.
The key phrase was "hard to land". Those "A-G" requirements are per OPM standards for GS-11 qualifications- http://www.opm.gov/fedclass/gs0905.pdf , http://www.usajobs.gov/EI24.asp . Most of these positions are going to be filled by bar-admitted attorneys under the "1 year of professional legal experience" qualification, not 3Ls/recent law grads, especially in the current legal market's state.