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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.

Foreign Policy Job, Internship Opportunities & Info Session [Jan 24]

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (TWI), a Washington-based think-tank specializing in Middle East foreign policy, has many new job opportunities and an informational session on January 24, 2023, at 3:00 PM PST. 

The Institute runs a unique program called the 

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Office of Management and Budget Summer 2023 Internship Opportunity

INTRODUCTION TO THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
We are pleased to announce that, for the first time in history, the Executive Office of the President (EOP) has launched an EOP-wide paid internship program. The EOP Internship Program …

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NextGen Public Service Fellowship- Applications Open for summer 2023 internship, due 2/28

The NextGen Public Service Fellowships encourage a life-long commitment to public service by providing undergraduates with the opportunity to develop their civic leadership capacity through work in the non-profit and government sectors. Fellows are selected for a funded summer internship …

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Student Spotlight: Maili Barber (Intellectual Property LL.M.)

Watch the video on the UW School of Law blog. Read the synopsis below…

Maili Barber (Intellectual Property LL.M.) came back to the University of Washington after a 20-year break. She earned her undergraduate degree at the Seattle campus in …

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For health & public health related jobs: Navigating the Federal Hiring Process Series: USAJOBS

As the nation’s preeminent public health promotion, protection, preparedness, and prevention agency, CDC works 24/7 to conduct critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against public health threats, both foreign and domestic.

Join us for this informative …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 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 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 …