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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.

Vault Rankings in Action: The Best Law Firms for Racial & Ethnic Diversity

Increasing racial and ethnic diversity has become a primary focus within the legal industry, and the conversation has been especially at the forefront in the wake of the social justice movement sparked by the death of George Floyd. While progress …

By Vault Law Editors - Firsthand
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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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Pacific Northwest Law Schools Virtual Panel & Information Session

The Pacific Northwest offers urban sophistication, breathtaking wilderness, year-round recreation, and more! Join the seven law schools from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho for a virtual panel discussion on Saturday, February 27 at 11 am PST.

Meet current law students, ask …

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Luis Santiago (He/Him) Associate Director of Coaching Operations
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Keep an open mind

After graduating from the University of Washington in 2010, I set out on a journey, moving around the country, looking for my happy place. First I went to Alaska, where I worked for the Anchorage Daily News for a while, …

By Jeromy Carpenter
Jeromy Carpenter Senior Contract Consultant
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A “Day in the Life” of a Law Firm Summer Associate

A “day in the life” of a law firm summer associate looked a little different in 2020 because life was a little different in 2020.

Lawyers and law firms always need to be adept at adapting, whether to new regulations, …

By O'Melveny & Myers LLP - Firsthand
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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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LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Programs

Each year, as part of the Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program, LSAC partners with member law schools to provide selected students with a unique immersive learning experience designed to prepare them for law school success. The LSAC PLUS Programs are …

By Luis Santiago (He/Him)
Luis Santiago (He/Him) Associate Director of Coaching Operations
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Student Stories & Advice

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Madison Keiran

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Michael Muster

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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 …

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 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 …

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 …