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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.

Student Career Treks – Spring Break

Interested in learning how to put your degree to use? UWAA career treks offer a chance to meet up with UW alumni who are making an impact on these all-day field trips to companies around Seattle. Pick from the four …

By Briana Randall (She/Her)
Briana Randall (She/Her) Executive Director
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The UN Human Rights Council Training Program is open for applications!

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is now offering the fifth edition of the Human Rights Council Training Programme. This course will run online, in parallel with the official UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

This is …

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach
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New WA law requiring employers to disclose salary takes effect

The law aims to empower workers and improve pay equity

Job seekers, rejoice: we no longer have to guess what a job might pay, we no longer have to worry about awkward “desired salary” questions on job applications, and we …

By Kirk Heynen (He/Him)
Kirk Heynen (He/Him)
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Bureau of Land Management Cartographic Technician Internship [Summer]

“I am reaching out on behalf of ABPA Institute, we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing all students including minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and Arab-Americans internship and professional development opportunities to boost their future participation in Federal …

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach
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Student Spotlight: Andrew Bryant (Health Law LLM)

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

Cancer didn’t change Andrew Bryant’s life, but it did change his perspective. For 15 years, Bryant (J.D. ’02) practiced law as a corporate tax attorney and …

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach
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Student Stories & Advice

Saghar Amini

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  • Legislative Assistant State of Washington

Ewan Cameron

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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 …

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 …