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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 of a… more

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

Any guidance on evaluation for GS-13/14 level attorney-adviser positions? Matching resume but credentials aren’t insane.

Anyone work as a Pro Se slaw Clerk? Any suggestions on standing out and getting an interview and the job? I’ve seen some postings that say remote work is allowed and others that say nothing about it a… more


Has anyone signed a contract to work for X amount of years with the government and then broken that contract? Are there repercussions? The contract was two sentences that said I would work for X yea… more

Is a procurement position a dead end job?

Any general anecdotes about moving from a market-paying law firm to government? What was the experience like? Any regrets? How bad did the pay cut sting?


I graduated in 2016, did a state court clerkship, and then was hired as a hearing officer. I’m looking to apply for an attorney advisor position but wonder if my lack of ‘traditional’ legal work will … more

Does anyone feel like they’re selling themselves short by working in government? I graduated from a regional law school in 2018 and clerked for 2 years before moving into a GS-13 agency counsel role i… more


I took a temporary job as an attorney advisor at the SBA this past fall b/c it offered a regular paycheck, and my solo practice was suffering b/c of the pandemic. I like the work. I like working from … more

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I was recently approached by a recruiter about a position as a litigation attorney at the DOJ. Unfortunately, he didn’t have any more specific information other than what I would be doing is “generall… more

Does anyone know the typical timeline for hiring more junior legal policy positions in a new administration? Is March the norm for junior hires?

I’ve been waiting for security clearance since July and just found out I’m pregnant after trying for a year. I’m hoping clearance will be granted in early spring 2021 and I can start work soon after. … more

Those who are or have been AUSAs, what sort of letters of recommendation make the most impact on an application (outside of a former AUSA/judge etc..)? My issue is prior to my current firm doesn’t se… more

Could anyone speak to what it’s like to work for HHS as an attorney advisory? Culture, substance of the work, would be interested to hear anything really. Thank you.

I found an open role last night with an application deadline of today. The application requires proof of bar membership. The only way I know to do that is a Certificate of Good Standing, which I can’t… more

I’m a recruiter based in DC and the fall lateral market for government attorneys is going to be exceptionally strong. If anyone is looking to transition to private sector, please DM me.


I have interviewed for three different positions within DOJ in the national security sector and I always seem to get passed up. I have prepped extensively and have been my true self. I have also expr… more

Hello. I’ve recently scheduled an interview for a position as an Assistant US Attorney. I am trying to 1) prep for interview and 2) determine if this would be a good move. I am currently staff counsel… more

Anyone else getting conflicting messages on whether it is permissible to use Zoom with federal agencies? Some are insisting on using it (MSPB), some are saying absolutely can't use it (DHS, USDA).

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