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What are the best tips to know to become an assistant district attorney?

As embarrassing as this is for me to admit, I have no idea what to do past go to a good law school to get a job like this. Is it impossible to become one after graduating from law school recently (like within three years after having graduated from law school)? I assume experience is needed for a job like this so would working for a law firm or as a public defender (or even both) be the goal jobs before ADA? Any and all advice is welcome and the more specific, the better. Thank you. #law #women-in-law #law-practice

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Jennifer’s Answer

Completing internships at the District Attorney's office would be a good step towards getting a foot in the door to be hired there in the future as a Deputy District Attorney or Assistant District Attorney. It also depends on whether you want to do civil or criminal law. If you're seeking to do criminal work, public defense is a good place to start and get trial experience. Depending on the jurisdiction these types of positions can be very competitive. Best of luck to you!

Jennifer recommends the following next steps:

Seek out an internship or volunteer work with the District Attorney's Office
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Michel’s Answer

If you are willing and able to relocate, consider applying to as many counties as possible in the state you’re licensed in. Also look for networking events put on by your state bar. If you can meet local ADAs or those who know them, then you expand the number of opportunities you’ll hear about in the future. Also don’t under-estimate the benefits that can come from taking a job as something other than an ADA to build up your seasoning and experience. If you can work as a lawyer, even outside of your ideal area but add relevant CLE credits on top of it, then you can improve your resume while you continue to apply for ADA positions.
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