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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.

If you are specifically interested in going to law school, please check out our pre-law page.

Law vs Policy. What’s the Difference?

Understanding the difference between law and policy and the intersections between the two, can be helpful in understanding what kind of career path you would like to take and if additional education (such as law school, a Masters in Public …

By Dawn Cheung
Dawn Cheung Career Coach Dawn Cheung
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Is Law School the Right Path for Me?

Like any big investment you make in your life, one question you may ask yourself is “Am I ready to commit to this purchase?”. Take buying a car for example, how will you determine if this is an investment you’re …

By Dawn Cheung
Dawn Cheung Career Coach Dawn Cheung
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Apply for the Washington State Legislative Internship Program – Deadline Oct. 4

If you are interested in being an intern with the Washington State Legislature in Winter 2020, the application deadline is almost here. This opportunity is open to all current undergraduate juniors and seniors, no matter your major.  Information about the …

By Daniel Herb (He/Him)
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Career Conversation – One Journey in the Policy, Government, and Non-Profit Fields

Who is our interviewee?

Rich Williams is an Officer for Pew’s Project on Student Borrower Success where he specializes in evidence-based research and policy development aimed at reducing the number of student loan borrowers that are delinquent or in default …

By Daniel Herb (He/Him)
Daniel Herb (He/Him) Daniel Herb (He/Him)
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Discover local government + environmental opportunities

Considering environmental work through government?  Maybe it’s … producing educational programs? Enhancing our city parks? Increasing community recycling? Wherever your interests lie, you don’t have to travel to Washington DC to work for the government, you can work right here …

By Alison McCarty
Alison McCarty Assistant Director & Career Coach Alison McCarty
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Become a Government Project Manager

Watch the 5 courses in this LinkedIn Learning path to get the skills you need to not only excel at…

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Virtual Interview Practice

StandOut is a mock video interviewing platform.  There are 3 interviews related to this interest community!  When you click on …

Law / Government / Policy Positions of 2019-2020 UW Graduates

This table shows the title, employer, and major for a sampling of 2019-2020 UW graduates who reported working in law/government/policy.  …

In Demand Skills for Legal Careers

Careers in Government

Careers In Government (CIG) is dedicated to matching qualified individuals with challenging and rewarding careers in government and the public sector. …

Organizers for America

Non-partisan job board for community organizer positions

Internship List

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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 Law 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 Career Guide to Nonprofit Careers

Whether you’re mulling over the pros and cons of a career in the nonprofit sector, or are actively seeking employment …

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, …