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Graduating Law Students - Frequently Asked Questions

How many graduating law students does the Law Department hire each year?
How are applicants hired? Are there any deadlines?
Does the Law Department hire only from New York area schools?
What is the starting salary? Is there a bar admission raise?
Does the Law Department reimburse for travel expenses related to interviews?
What is the interview process?
What do I need to bring to my interview?
Is there a mentor program for new attorneys?
What types of training and professional development programs are provided to new attorneys?
Are new 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 many graduating law students does the Law Department hire each year?
Approximately fifty.

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How are applicants hired? Are there any deadlines?
About half of the Law Department's entry class is hired from our Summer Honors Program, with offers extended in August following the Program. Law students applying through Fall OCI or write-in applications will be interviewed throughout the Fall and into the Spring. There are no fixed deadlines. Decisions to grant interviews and extend offers are made on a rolling basis.

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Does the Law Department hire only from New York area schools?
No. The Law Department's entry class is usually made up of graduates from between 25 and 30 different law schools.

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What is the starting salary? Is there a bar admission raise?
The starting salary for the Class of 2013 will be $62,038.  An admitted attorney's salary increases on his or her first anniversary with the Law Department.

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Does the Law Department reimburse for travel expenses related to interviews?
Sorry, no.

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What is the interview process?
Applicants will be screened either on-campus or at our office. Applicants who are selected for further interviews will meet with two senior attorneys and one junior attorney. Applicants recommended for further interviews will meet with the Director of Legal Recruitment and, if chosen, the First Assistant Corporation Counsel on subsequent dates.

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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 new attorneys?
Attorneys in the entry class are assigned a mentor in their division.

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What types of training and professional development programs are provided to new attorneys?
All new attorneys participate in a week-long orientation program (The ABC's for ACC's). Tort and Family Court attorneys have individualized classroom training in preparation for courtroom appearances. Most litigating ACC's will also be invited to participate in our week-long civil trial advocacy program, designed specifically for the kind of cases handled by the office. The Law Department is an accredited Continuing Legal Education provider and offers live and video tape courses free of charge to all its attorneys.
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Are new attorneys subject to the Law Department's three-year commitment requirement?
Yes. All attorneys working at the Law Department make a three year commitment to the office. This assures that we have the time to train our attorneys appropriately so that they are prepared to take primary responsibility for important and complex cases. The average length of stay of attorneys at the Law Department is currently just under six 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?
In accordance with the state court practice orders that permit our non-admitted attorneys to appear in court, our entry class must take the first available New York State bar examination following graduation. Employees who do not pass on their first try can take the next available bar examination. Employees who do not pass the bar examination on their second try are no longer eligible to practice under the practice orders and will either be transferred to a paralegal title or be asked to leave the Law Department.

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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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