If you’re graduating this Spring and haven't yet landed a job or if you've already graduated and still seeking some decent employment, there may be hope!
The U.S. Department of Justice has just submitted a 2014 budget request to add new attorneys to their rolls, as reported by The National Law Journal. Lots and lots of attorneys! Don’t get too excited, yet, as a similar request was made and rejected last year. But the economy is reportedly healing and maybe this will be the magical year of hiring! Here is what’s reflected in the proposal:
- Spoiler Alert: Anti-trust aspirants can go cry in the corner now because, sadly, those jobs are slated to be cut at the same time these new jobs come on-line.
- 31 new lawyers in the Criminal Division – 9 attorneys for cybercrime investigations and prosecutions, 16 to prosecute significant financial crimes, and 7 in intellectual property.
- 32 new lawyers in the Civil Division to cover cases resulting from the recent financial crisis. They have also asked for additional funding for an attorney productivity initiative to provide additional support personnel for fact discovery, exhibit preparation, and other actions for cases against blue chip firms.
- 43 new lawyers in the Civil Rights Division – 25 attorneys would focus on hate crimes, human trafficking, civil rights for institutionalized persons, and voting rights; 10 would investigate illegal lending practices and predatory lending practices; and 9 would investigate reports of police misconduct.
- 6 support personnel in the Office of the Solicitor General. Unfortunately no new attorney jobs here; and
- 10 attorneys in the Antitrust Division have been requested to replace losses of attorneys through attrition due to current budget constraints.
So brush up on your interview skills, shine your shoes, and watch the federal job boards for (hopefully) job announcements for 2014.