Anonymous User wrote:If by section you mean ENRD, you do bid for specific sections (components) and you get interviewed by specific sections. You list the 3 components you want to be considered by, and they each decide whether they want to interview you. So you don't get interviewed by generic DOJ, you get interviewed by ENRD (if you lost ENRD as one of your components and they want to consider you further). And you will know who you're interviewing with before you have the interview. (That is, which component.)
Allegedly some components will only interview people who list them as their first choice (I have heard this about crim I think?). But I was ultimately hired by the component I listed third. Also got interviews with my first choice but was not hired by them.
(If you apply to EOIR and are interviewed by OCIJ for an immigration law clerkship, you will be given a list of possible locations to rank and then get offered one at OCIJ's discretion. But that's different from the overall program.)
Thanks for your reply. Sorry, I should have been clearer. By section, I do not mean components, I mean the traditional designations. DOJ is what I would call a department, ENRD is what I would call a division (like the Criminal Division, Civil Division, and Environmental and Natural Resource Division). By section I mean, Environmental Defense Section, Environmental Crimes, Environmental Enforcement Section, etc.
So, what I was getting at is that in, for example, the civil division, you bid the component but you then indicate which sections you are interested in (Civil Appeals, Federal Programs Branch, Immigration, etc.) and are hired into one of those specific sections when the offer is made (at least that is my understanding). But that is not the case for ENRD. You just apply to the division (or component if you like). It is only after you accept an offer from the division section hiring is determined.
I was just wondering about that post-offer, section-selection process. Hope that makes more sense.