Government Practice Pathway

What Government Practice Lawyers Do

Government practice lawyers:

  • Help government clients comply with applicable laws, pursue transactions, and write legislation and regulations
  • Represent federal, state and local governmental entities
  • Navigate constitutions, complex statutes and regulations and case law while operating in a political context
  • Practice in government agencies, and small and large firms that provide services to government agencies

Related Pathways: Environmental, Employment & Labor, Health and Tax. For careers as prosecuting attorneys, see Criminal Law .

Who Might Enjoy This Specialty?

You might enjoy government practice if you:

  • Seek significant contact with clients dedicated to public service
  • Listen well as a predicate for giving advice
  • Negotiate effectively as government practice issues can involve multiple stakeholders
  • Enjoy navigating complex federal, state and local and governmental structures and programs (and international law if you are interested in practicing in an international context)
  • Tolerate lengthy deliberative processes as governmental clients are often very bureaucratic
  • Seek a modest, comfortable living, not exceptional wealth

Last updated 6/18/2014