City of New York Law Dept.

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City of New York Law Dept. Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
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  1.  

    Good Experience

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    Current Employee - Paralegal  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at City of New York Law Dept. as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    If you are looking for a job that will give you experience so that you can sell your self better in the future, this is the place to start. NYC Law Dept. looks awesome on a resume and experience acquired is excellent for future use in law firms or any law office. If you are really good at what you are assigned to do, you may be taken in consideration for a permanent job (only if you have already applied through the City - NYC JOBS).

    Cons

    Pay... If you are hired through a contractor, pay starts as 12$ and NYC life requires more than that. Not bad for recent college grad who lives with parents or just wiling to take a pay cut in comparison to average pay in the market for experience acquisition purposes.

    Recommends
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    Great coworkers, slow pace of public service

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at City of New York Law Dept. as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The attorneys and paralegals are all kind and the workplace culture is great. Employees, both low and high up, get together to compete in a sports league against the other borough offices. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Because it's a city agency with clearly defined hours, there is little reason to work more than necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Attorney  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Attorney in New York, NY

    I have been working at City of New York Law Dept. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great place to learn as a first year attorney

    Cons

    middle level mangers need some more training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Organization to build your hands-on skill set and experience

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    Former Employee - Assistant Corporation Counsel  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Corporation Counsel in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at City of New York Law Dept. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very hands on, a lot of various experience and opportunity to switch between different areas of law

    Cons

    Pay is on the lower end for the city of New York, bureaucratic red tape, growth is limited

    Recommends
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    satisfying work, little growth potential

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    Former Employee - Assistant Corporation Counsel  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Corporation Counsel in New York, NY

    I worked at City of New York Law Dept. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    high degree of autonomy, great co-workers, excellent hands-on litigation experience and court time

    Cons

    salaries are well below market, can be demoralizing to work for so little, some unmotivated "lifers" bring down the quality of the work, management does not necessarily encourage career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more engaged with your staff, fight for their salary increases, even if only for living costs adjustments

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Good place to 'cut your teeth' if you want to do litigation.

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    Former Employee - Student Legal Specialist  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Student Legal Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at City of New York Law Dept. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility up front. Get to work with some very smart attorneys.

    Cons

    Lack of coordination/communication. Requires a 3-year commitment which seem like an eternity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have none to proffer.

    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A wonderful experience with some drawbacks

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    Current Employee - Assistant Corporation Counsel  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Corporation Counsel in New York, NY

    I have been working at City of New York Law Dept. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, unbeatable atmosphere for a legal job. Tremendous experience for young attorneys, including trial experience within your first year.

    Cons

    The salary is very low, particularly in light of the fact that many attorneys in litigating divisions are working firm hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    The law department is a bureaucratic mess. However, there are a lot of great people that work here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of New York Law Dept. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most of the people are great. It is a relaxed and social environment. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    It is a typical local government institution. There are a lot of policies in place that don't make sense but everyone just has to deal with them. It takes forever for anything to change or move forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Professional, friendly, growth opportunity

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    Current Employee - Paralegal  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I have been working at City of New York Law Dept. for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, great work environment, community feel

    Cons

    Typical 9-5 public sector job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Typical Incentives of Government Workplace, Good Entry Level Training

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at City of New York Law Dept. as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good training for entry levels. If you want to be a good litigator, there are attorneys here who are more than willing to train you--and they know what they're doing.

    Optimal to leave after a few years if you want to advance as a legal professional.

    Cons

    If you are into work-life balance, this is for you. No incentive to work hard here, other than personal neuroses. Most arrive around 9:30 am and leave promptly at 5pm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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