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IRS Legal Recruiting via YouTube

Two recruiting videos for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel appeared on YouTube this week, appealing to law students to consider careers in the "largest tax office in the country." The two videos appear to be a single video broken into two parts. They feature IRS Chief Counsel Donald L. Korb offering an introduction to a career in the office and several members of the legal staff discussing their jobs. The videos also feature prominent alumni talking about the chief counsel's office as the springboard for their careers, including Sheldon S. Cohen, retired partner at Morgan Lewis and former IRS commissioner, who now teaches at The George Washington University Law School; Pamela F. Olson, partner at Skadden Arps and former assistant secretary for tax policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; and Jack B. Johnson, chief executive of Maryland's Prince Georges County.

The videos promise recruits the ability to achieve responsibility and independence rapidly, while receiving high-level training and supervision by managers whose doors are always open. "You essentially operate as a solo practitioner," says one lawyer, "with your own cases, your own docket and your own control of those cases."  The video also emphasizes work/life balance, flexible schedules and competitive benefits. "We are looking for the best and the brightest of you," says Korb.

It is unclear whether the IRS posted these videos directly or whether an intermediary put them up. If the IRS was the source, kudos to it for bringing government recruiting a step forward.

Watch the videos for yourself:

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on February 8, 2007 at 05:57 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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