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Law / Government / Policy

Welcome to the Law, Government, and Policy interest community!

Members of this community are interested in careers that provide services to the public while often working for the public’s best interest in mind.  People who pursue careers in law, government, or policy develop skills in writing, public speaking, relationship building, interpersonal and intercultural communication, conflict resolution, outreach, systems-thinking, analysis, and problem solving.

Examples of career pathways include (but are not limited to): lawyers, legal assistants, paralegals, public policy, international development, researchers, engineers, finance and budgeting, managers, activists, community organizers, analysts, politics, advocacy and local, statewide, tribal or federal administrators.

Congressional Hunger Center’s Emerson Hunger Fellowships- great for upcoming and recent grads

For graduating seniors, alumni and graduate students/alumni focusing their work on anti-poverty/anti-hunger efforts and advocacy in the US and looking to gain more experience, consider applying for the Congressional Hunger Center’s Emerson Hunger Fellowships. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is …

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Lily Burnstein (She/Her) Career Coach
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Looking for another course for next quarter?

Consider the “Leadership Firesides Series”, which is a wonderful opportunity for students to be in conversation with a variety of civic leaders about their career journey, leadership philosophy, and how they cultivate personal resilience.

Course Description:

The Leadership Firesides Series …

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Business Leaders Share 10 New-Grad Job Hunting Mistakes

To debunk common misconceptions fresh graduates have about the job market, we’ve gathered ten insightful responses from professionals including founders and managers. From understanding that a major doesn’t dictate a career path to realizing a degree doesn’t guarantee job success, …

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College Recruiter believes that every student and recent grad deserves a great career.
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Federal Internship Finder

The federal government offers many exciting job opportunities, but they can be difficult to find, track and navigate, complicated by short application windows and information scattered across hundreds of different webpages.

The GoGovernment Federal Internship Finder, created by the Partnership …

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Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach
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Winter Qr LABOR 480 – Labor Studies Research: Applied Research for the Labor Movement

LABOR 480 focuses on providing opportunities for students to work on collaborative and individual research projects benefiting local unions and worker organizations. Students will further develop research skills that can be utilized in and outside of academic spaces – including in …

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Lily Burnstein (She/Her) Career Coach
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  • 2nd Lieutenant United States Marine Corps

Saghar Amini

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  • Legislative Assistant State of Washington

Ewan Cameron

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  • JD Student UW School of Law

Madison Keiran

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  • Grad Student - European Politics & Policy University College London

Michael Muster

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  • Nuclear Shift Test Engineer Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Sarah Wells

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  • Grants/Contracts Operations Analyst Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture

Featured Resources

Exploring & Preparing for Law School

Law schools have a vested interest in enrolling not only good students, but good people who they think would excel as lawyers. …

Preparing for the LSAT

For an overview of the LSAT process and content, you can view this resource from the LSAC – Admission Made …

Applying to Law School

The law school application process has a number of components, so whether you’re still figuring out which schools to apply …

Pre-Law Guides & Handouts

These guides and infographics will assist you in learning more about the application process:

Pre-Law Guide

Applying to Law School …

Law / Government / Policy Search Engines

USA Jobs

As the federal government’s official employment site, USA Jobs connects job seekers with federal employment opportunities across the …

Diplomat in Residence

Learn About Careers, Paid Internships and Fellowships in Diplomacy – All Majors Welcome

The U.S. Department of State has the pleasure …

Career & Industry Guides

Vault Guide to the First Year of Law School

The Vault Guide to the First Year of Law School offers advice for new law students on surviving law school, landing a …

Practice Perspectives: Vault’s Guide to Legal Practice Areas, 2021 Edition

Practice Perspectives: Vault’s Guide to Legal Practice Areas is the insider’s guide to what it’s really like to practice at …

Vault Career Guide to Law, Third Edition

Lawyers provide legal advice and representation to companies and individuals regarding hundreds of issues, such as civil rights, criminal offenses, …

Vault Guide to Law Jobs, Third Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to the Top Pacific Northwest Law Firms, 2020 Edition

The Vault Guide to the Top Pacific Northwest Law Firms is an in-depth, candid guide on the most prestigious law firms in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring …

Vault Guide to Criminal Justice Jobs

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …