A friend of mine is in Civil Appellate, which sounds like the sweetest gig in the DOJ. Â Are you a liberal? Â I hear Civil Rights is quite a misnomer over there right now.
I will be in Civil Rights Appellate. Â The office is much smaller than Civil Appellate (14 attorneys vs. 60-something attorneys) and I have heard anecdotally that the work is much more interesting. I lean conservative, but not so conservative that I don't believe in federal civil rights laws. In any event, being a lawyer -- either in the government or in private practice -- sometimes requires you to take positions with which you personally disagree. What's important is that you represent your client's interests to the best of your ability.
How many years out of law school are you (I'd imagine you weren't a partner or anything yet)?
I am six years out of law school. Â I advise you to work a bit in private practice instead of going to Justice in two years. You want to be able to pay off those law school loans and those W.W. Chan suits. Â
Sounds great, Ambulance. if you are able to derive interest and satissfaction from your job, as I'm sure you will be in the civil right division, than money becomes less of an important issue.
Thanks. My relationship with my old firm was like a romantic relationship that both parties knew for awhile was not going to end up with a lifelong commitment. I stayed there much longer than I should have, because I thought that leaving would be akin to admitting failure. Once I got past that mindset, the decision to leave was quite easy.