In a market where wet-behind-the ears associates at large Texas firms are paid base salaries of $110,000, the Office of the Attorney General can’t compete for lawyers with money. So the agency is trying to lure associates out of the private market by offering what it can — courtroom experience and the glamour of public service.

“The chance to do public service at the AG’s office is something that money can’t buy. That’s really our selling point,” says Andy Taylor, first assistant to Attorney General John Cornyn. “We can’t compete on dollars, but we can compete on experience.”