Serve Specific Clients or Causes

Many students come to law school wanting to serve a specific client group, or develop that goal as they move through their education. Different types of clients are associated with specific subject matter specialties and practice settings, and bring distinct rewards and demands for lawyers working with them.


Lawyers focused on serving governments:

  • Specialize in areas such as education, land use, environmental, Indian, child welfare, criminal prosecution, or tax law
  • Practice with federal, state, local or tribal governments, or school districts, or with firms having a government practice. Some lawyers move between private or non-profit work and government policy or management, sometimes as political appointees.
  • Demands consist of varying required hours according to practice area, government involved, and level of the position. Time demands can be as heavy as representing private-sector clients
  • Rewards include serving government clients and the public. Working with dedicated, highly professional clients and with elected officials trying to respond to public needs.
  • Credentials required are substantive knowledge, technical and interpersonal skills

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