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Experienced Attorneys - FAQ

How do I find out about available attorney positions?
What can I expect at the interview?
What do I need to bring to my interview?
Is there a mentor program for experienced attorneys?
What types of training and professional development programs are provided to attorneys?
Are experienced attorneys subject to the Law Department's three-year commitment requirement?
Is there a City residency requirement?
Is there a U.S. citizenship requirement?
Must applicants be admitted to the New York State bar?
Does the Law Department permit transfers between divisions?

How do I find out about available attorney positions?
Vacancies for experienced attorneys are regularly posted on our Web site and on the Citywide career website available at https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov.

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What can I expect at the interview?
Applicants will meet at least three attorneys from the division they are interviewing with. An applicant recommended for further interviews will meet with the Director of Legal Recruitment and the First Assistant Corporation Counsel on a subsequent date.

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What do I need to bring to my interview?
We recommend that you bring copies of your most up-to-date resume, writing samples, law school transcript, and list of references.

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Is there a mentor program for experienced attorneys?
Attorneys hired laterally are assigned a mentor in their division.

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What types of training and professional development programs are provided to attorneys?
The professional development of our Assistant Corporation Counsels is a high priority at the Law Department. The Law Department offers courses as diverse as its practice.
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Are experienced attorneys subject to the Law Department's three-year commitment requirement?
Attorneys with fewer than three years of experience are required to commit to work at the Law Department for three years. Attorneys with more than three years of experience are required to make only a two-year commitment. These employment commitments give us the time to train our attorneys to take primary responsibility for important and complex cases. The average lateral attorney remains at the Law Department for over seven years.

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Is there a City residency requirement?
No.

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Is there a U.S. citizenship requirement?
No.

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Must applicants be admitted to the New York State bar?
Applicants must either be admitted or be eligible for admission without having to take an examination. That is, we can interview a candidate who has passed the New York State bar, and is awaiting admission, or who is eligible to waive into New York from another State.

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Does the Law Department permit transfers between divisions?
An attorney with two or more years of service in a division may request a transfer to another division. Transfers are subject to the needs of the Law Department.

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