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Q:I am a former paralegal as well as a former Albuquerque cop and former DEA special agent. I will be finishing law school in California and then be ready to take the New York bar. I would love to work at a District Attorney's Office, but my problem is that my training has all been academic with no real hands on experience. I would like to know how to go about getting a position as an Assistant District Attorney office and whether my lack of hands on experience will hurt my chances.

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Q: Having previously been a mid-level associate at a large firm, I am about to negotiate a first time of counsel position with a boutique firm. Are there typical market practices? What can I expect in terms of compensation and fee sharing. What other advice can you give to someone going into an of counsel relationship for the first time?

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Q: I am an educator and interesting in getting a law degree and pursuing a career in education law. Do you have any information on the needs in this area and which law schools have some focus on education law?

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Q: I am currently doing a one-year clerkship and hope to get a job at a firm starting next fall. I'm wondering if I should be applying to firms now, or should I wait until the economy picks up (hopefully before my clerkship ends) to apply.

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