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Any suggestions for AUSA interviews? Entry Level?


For those that lateraled private practice to gov’t, what was the lag time between referral of your application to interview process?


How long do fed agencies give for maternity leave? does it matter if you take leave within your first year? does it vary from agency to agency? Specifically interested in SEC/CFTC.


For those who've filled out an OF-306: Is a citation for failing to update the address on my driver's license a "traffic fine" that can be omitted? If not, is it the type of convict… more


Assuming a clean record, any thoughts on giving notice to a firm before a background check for a low risk position clears?


For folks that went from big law to DOJ or SEC as a junior to mid level attorney, was it difficult to get traction on your applications? How long were you applying before you got bites on your resume?


Anyone familiar with Attorney Advisor roles with the ALJ Office of the FTC?


Does anyone have insight on being an Attorney Advisor with the Department of Health and Human Services? If so, I would love to chat. Thanks!


Can you negotiate steps within the GS scale? Anyone have any tips?


Is NYC currently hiring ICE General attorneys? I applied in January and haven’t seen any updates since the referral to the local hiring manager.

I’ve worked as an appellate prosecutor for state government for almost 3 years, but I’m now looking to transition into a federal government agency. I have the research, writing, and even oral argument… more


anyone apply to the recent CFTC NYC posting? any movement?


Does anyone have tips for the structured interview process? I’ve done my research but am not getting past the first round. My credentials must be acceptable if I’m being invited to interview at all. S… more

Anyone recently apply for a position with HHS and the background check is taking ages??

Has anyone pivoted from a firm to intelligence work for the fed gov? Intelligence analyst/specialist positions. Just hearing your path would be helpful. Thanks!!

Anyone have experience at the FTC?


Anyone work for FDA and leave for a firm? Any thoughts or advice (pros/cons)?

What’re the various agencies/components’ return to office dates (if announced)? And what’re the remote work policies after that date? I hear DOJ said their individual components will decide when exact… more


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!

After completing 20 years as a Law Enforcement Officer with the Feds and on the way getting a JD and passing the Bar… trying to transition to an Immigration Attorney position… easier said than done!


Has anyone applied to SEC NY office recently? I did so a few months ago and got silence except a couple of emails last month saying my application was finally referred to a human hiring manager


Can anyone confirm the salary for an SK-14 attorney at the SEC in DC? Their website says it’s around $130,000 but that doesn’t sound right since that’s just barely higher than the GS scale.

Did anyone in this group apply for PSLF?

Does anyone think they will stay as a federal attorney for the rest of their career, and why? I have been a federal attorney for 10 years and all the money I see being doled out in-house and in firms … more


Any pros/cons in taking a 3 year term appointment? I am curious if this would make me any more or less marketable when positioning for other federal positions down the line? TIA!

Anyone here work as an attorney for Congress? Interested in what that work looks like, particularly in an investigative role.


Is it normal to wait a month after submitting an application before the application status changes from “received”?

Anyone have any advice or insight on interviewing for a GS General Attorney position? I’m really excited and working to prepare for an interview I’ve been offered. It’s 3 part, on one day. 2 one on on… more

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Does anyone have Skype for Business installed on their personal device to receive notifications?

Anyone work for the DOL and can provide any insights in the nature of the work, the work environment, etc?

How do I negotiate a later start date? I have offer in hand and am coming from big law but would really like 8 weeks off between jobs because I am burnout and need time to rest. Is 8 weeks excessive… more


Any insight on working for the CFTC? I have some experience at the SEC, is it a similar kind of culture? Specifically interested in WLB and openness to telework. Thanks in advance!


Just got the tentative government offer_ does anyone have tips on negotiating steps when hired? I understand GS level is not negotiable.


Any Federal Reserve Bank employees? Looking for insight in work life balance.

Wondering the typical wait between tentative offer an final offer. Thanks in advance!


SOS, I got a govt offer & was let go from my current job. I was not given a clear reason for termination but it was not misconduct. How do I phrase this in a disclosure statement for background ch… more


Any procurement attorneys here?

I applied for two positions at a district court that say ‘open until filled’. I’m going on a cruise in a few weeks and don’t want to miss hearing from HR.
The posting says due to the high number… more

What’s the most valuable “soft skill” for any government lawyer? Looking to emphasize it in a cover letter

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