The NYC law department is extraordinarily competitive. The biggest selling point is that it is one of the only government programs in the nation that work like biglaw hiring--eg, you do your 2L summer there and get hired for post-grad employment.
The interviewing process involves 3 rounds. I made it to the last round but did not receive an offer. The law department was flooded with applications from top students at top schools because of the economy. I'm talking Columbia kids that thought they'd get biglaw but didn't and now need to get into government to get LRAP.
Salary starts at 60k.
But even in a great economy it is very competitive.
Me too, made it to the third round but was ultimately dinged. You might have noticed the sign-in sheet when you were there?
There were literally dozens and dozens of Columbia this, Columbia that interviewing the same day as evidenced by the sign-in sheet, and here I am looking sharp but coming from a mere tier 1. I had LR on my resume, etc, but I really never stood a chance. I'm pretty proud I made it that far.
I can't speak to the 1L process though as I was a 2L at the time of the interview.
The NYC Law Department is essentially off-limits if you are a not t-6 and high in rank. Let's just say I wouldn't hang your hat on getting an internship/job here.