I have been working at New York Court System full-time (More than 10 years)
Get to know the court system from the inside. Exposure to every conceivable area of litigation brought in the state courts. Substantial individual responsibility. If you are self motivated this can be a very fulfilling experience. Can be a short term or long term engagement - your choice. Great background for transition to private practice. 9-5 job unless you choose to bring work home with you. Good pension, good deferred compensation plan, good health insurance at subsidized premium and increasing vacation plan to 5 weeks, plus every legal holiday. Excellent preparation and positioning to become a judge (if that is what you want).
Your relationship with the judge for whom you work is like a marriage. Interaction will likely be very close. Your judge could be great, in between or a self indulgent psychopath. Salary is reasonable for demands of job but once you reach the top tier, it will not increase. No bonuses or employer contribution towards deferred compensation plan. However, with astute investment choices the deferred comp can reach $1,000,000., at retirement, provided, one maximizes (under federal tax laws) the contributions.
Advice to Management
Read some contemporary management books and manage accordingly. Develop a mission statement, share it with the court employees and give them the autonomy and discretion to achieve the shared mission. Doing it the same way we've always done it is not an effective management philosophy. Consult with the people in the trenches rather than a pure top down management style. Promote based upon effectiveness rather than politics.
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at New York Court System (New York, NY).
I applied through my college was offered to interview during a career fair on campus. The interview was of average difficulty and I was asked typical questions. I was offered an internship.
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