Federal and Local Prosecutor Offices Hiring Additional Lawyers, But Pay Is Zip
Out-of-work lawyers aren’t discouraged by the pay—or lack of it—for new jobs being advertised at federal and local prosecutor offices throughout the country.
The new hires will be earning nothing but experience at the new jobs, USA Today reports.
U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein in Maryland says his office received about a dozen applications for unpaid positions. “Many of the applications are from newly unemployed [law firm] associates, recent graduates and even a few who are currently employed,” Rosenstein told USA Today. “People who are applying see it as a stepping stone.”
The Atlanta U.S. Attorney’s office has received nearly 40 applications for four new unpaid positions, while the District Attorney’s office in Marin County, Calif., has received about a dozen resumes.
Scott Burns, executive director of the National District Attorneys Association, told the newspaper that prosecutors offices from Washington, D.C., to California are trying to take advantage of the tight job market for lawyers. “I don’t see a downside,” he said. “With the economy … and the fact that many lawyers are out of work, this is an opportunity to get experience to prepare them for the next step.”