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To qualify for GS-12, do you have to apply with at least 12 months of experience, or could it be 12 months to the point you get hired?

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Any recommendations on how to begin a job search outside of federal government after 25 years as government attorney?

32 Years of service including military and mostly labor and employment law. Will ta… more

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Ethically speaking, if an agency attorney learns that their client—up to the agency director and general counsel—allowed illegal conduct to occur that could subject them to criminal penalties, is the … more

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I’m interested in applying for an AUSA position with the DOJ but I see a lot of vacancies, particularly in the Southern District of Florida. Just wondering why that is and what the work atmosphere is … more

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Does anyone here do any work with Vocational Rehab programs? If yes, do you know of any good resources for sample forms?

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The head of legal just got a $300 coat rack…I asked if our department could get a supply of tissues with allergy season creeping up…I was told there’s no money for that in the budget…I hate it here.

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Interviewing for a government job. One of the supervisors I interviewed with called me and said she’s contacting my references and asked if I’d like them to wait to call my firm. I said I’d prefer the… more

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For any fed gov attys could you share timelines for how long it took from submitting eQIP/fingerprinting/drug test to being given interim clearance?

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I have an interview at a 6-attorney local government law firm. I have no idea what to expect. Anyone knows what the day to day would be like?

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I am interested in applying for a position at the SEC but they are hiring in the Washington DC area. I am in an area with a regional office but the roles that match my background are mostly based in D… more

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I’m at the SEC and new people coming in seem to be making more than current employees with the same experience. How can I convince OHR to match my compensation to the appropriate section in the pay se… more

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City attorneys at medium-sized (<100k people) cities, how many hours per week do you work? Nights and weekends? I’m considering making a move from big law, but if WLB isn’t much better then I don’t… more

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I interviewed last week and expect an offer next week for job in another state. I planned to ask for a start date in April or May just to organize real estate/moving. However, two attorneys just turn… more

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Any small-city city government attorneys on here that kind describe their day-to-day work life? Interviewing with a 4-attorney city attorney office and just not really sure what to expect.

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Did anyone who went straight from law school or clerking to government practice ever regret not working at a firm first or feel that their career development was impacted in any way by not having that… more

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I have an interview for a county attorney job. The want to interview ASAP.

I have an immediate family member that lives in a very remote country (36 hrs travel by plane/layovers), that I have not seen in 8 years for a varie… more

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I work as an attorney for a county department in a small county and we have an opening for an assistant attorney, which has been listed several places and sent to the area law schools. The salary is c… more

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A councilmember would like to draft an ordinance allowing the general public to attend press conferences.  Currently, our local government does not have a policy regarding press conferences in place. … more

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How are my fellow gov lawyers doing with $$$ right now? Anyone have financial strategies or tips to providing for a family on a non private sector salary? I want to stay at my CA DOJ job as long as I … more

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Is it viable to change from litigation to transactional in a major metropolitan city? Looking to pivot into transactional from civil litigation but have an outstanding offer for a litigation positio… more

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Any opinions about whether local government civil lit defense positions are recession-proof?

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Looking to apply for a court attorney (self help) position. Any idea on time line for applications being evaluated, interviews, decision, etc.?

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I practice LGL. I plan on setting a meeting with my boss to discuss salary. I am coming up on a year in a couple months. I’m prepping for the meeting now. I want to put together a list of my duties, a… more

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For all of those of you who decided to work for the public sector for public loan forgiveness, at least in part, was it/has it been worth it?

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Has anyone taken a federal appropriations law class and is willing to share course materials or outline? Anything that’s not the full text of the red book 😄

Hey guys, how long out do you/can you apply for federal jobs, i.e. DOJ, AUSA, SEC etc.? I will be getting out of the military next Summer but unsure how far in advance to apply. Thanks!

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Does your job offer a pension? Care to share? I’m wondering if ours is competitive and also wondering whether to stay or leave for greener pastures?
Population: around 35K; 5 years to vest; retirement … more

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Advice on giving notice to leave for private? I feel a lot of guilt both about leaving the agency and government, generally.

I plan on applying for a chief deputy clerk of court federal position. Would like to chat with someone about resume/interview expectations. This is my first time applying at the federal level.

Looking for a fully remote government job that I can work from Mexico.

Im a government (municipal) attorney now. In it for the PSLF. Got 5 years to go but im ready to move to mexico now. My husband is in Me… more

Government agency attorney (child welfare) with 20 years of litigation experience. With that said, I am looking to relocate to the DMV and practice in a non-litigation role. Any tips re: where to sta… more

I am currently working for a city and have been with my current position for about a year. Work-life balance and colleagues are great. I came from private practice prior to my current position. There’s a st… more

Anyone apply to SDNY/EDNY in the last 6 months? Just wondering if there's any movement on their part.

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I have couple years of insurance defense experience, mostly product and premise liability work, and am transitioning to the NYC law department.

With some trial experience through that position, could I tran… more

generally speaking, do government agencies actually demand more from you if you’re in a higher vs. a lower salary tier/division e.g., I vs. II, II vs. III, III vs. IV, etc.? Perhaps there’s a differe… more

In the interview process for a City Attorney office position. Is it ok to reach out to a current attorney in the office to get intel? For context, I don’t actually have a connection to this person oth… more

I graduated law school in 2016, did a state clerkship, and immediately after I started working as a hearing officer. I’m looking to move to federal work and started applying. Is it unreasonable to th… more

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I am a 3rd year insurance defense attorney with product and premise liability experience. Due to long-COVID, I am likely to lose my job.

The plan is to find a government position that would involve more … more

I could use some guidance on how to transition out of firm life into a government role. Prior to law: four years working for a state and a city, and four years before that worked at a consulting agenc… more

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Anyone get public service loan forgiveness? The stats of only 1% qualifying is always wild to me. I know people have made blatant errors (not make sure their jobs qualify, not consolidating their loan… more

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