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