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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, coalition 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.

22 Lessons From Stacey Abrams on Fear, Ambition, and Getting It Done

You know her from her historic work and string of trailblazing firsts in politics. Stacey Abrams became the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia state legislature, the first Black leader in the state’s House of Representatives, and …

By Stav Ziv - The Muse
The Muse
Expert advice to answer your career questions.
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June 28 at 6pm – Virtual Alumni Panel on Fulbright Scholarships and Global Fellowships

Next Tuesday, June 28, a group of UW alums will be sharing their insights about Fulbright & other Global Opportunities! If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright scholarship or another global fellowship, you are encouraged to attend. Details …

By Eli Heller (He/Him)
Eli Heller (He/Him) Career Coach
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Tri-Campus Career Fair just one week away – Register Today!

Want to have a 10-minute meeting with a recruiter looking to hire Huskies for internships and jobs? 

Join us on June 23rd for the Tri-Campus Virtual Job & Internship Fair, hosted in Handshake.

Details About the Fair:

83 employers are …

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach
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Tri-Campus Career Fair on June 23 – Register Today!

The 2022 Virtual UW Tri-Campus Summer Job & Internship Fair, hosted by the UW Career & Internship Center, offers an exciting opportunity to network with dozens of employers via 10-minute 1:1 video chats and 30-minute group sessions. Employers are all …

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach
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Law Firm Prestige: Is It Everything?

Just how important is law firm prestige?

This question might seem strange coming from a Vault Law editor, since we are, after all, known for the Vault Law 100—a ranking of the 100 most prestigious law firms in the …

By Shelley Awe - Firsthand
Firsthand
We help applicants, students, job-seekers and professionals like you find the right career path using the power of firsthand experiences.
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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 …

Scholarships & Fellowships Supporting Law/Government/Policy Career Goals

Career interests in law, government and/or policy areas opens a huge range of scholarship opportunities that provide support to students …

Tips for Job Searching in Handshake – Law/Government/Policy

With thousands of jobs and internships for students on Handshake, how can you find the ones that are right for …

Career & Industry Guides

Vault Guide to Politics, Public Policy, and Activism Jobs, Second Edition

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

Vault Guide to Government Jobs, Second Edition

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

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 …

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, …

Practice Perspectives: Vault’s Guide to Legal Practice Areas, 2020 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 Guide to Navigating Your Legal Career in the Time of Coronavirus

The Vault Guide to Navigating Your Legal Career in the Time of Coronavirus provides expert advice to help law students …