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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.

Blast-from-the-past resource: federal careers blog

Back in 2009 or so, UW (led by staff in the Evans School) landed a two year grant that supported efforts across campus to help students find out about and pursue federal careers.  “UW Making The Difference: Careers in Federal …

By Patrick Chidsey
Patrick Chidsey Associate Director & Career Coach
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Federal careers spotlight: pathways programs

Many students are attracted to the possibility of having a stable job, good benefits, purpose in their work and career mobility.  That all can be found in various occupations and sectors, including the public sector.

Who’s the largest employer in …

By Patrick Chidsey
Patrick Chidsey Associate Director & Career Coach
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Washington D.C.: history, gov & opportunity converge

During my undergrad years (mid 1990s), I very much enjoyed my studies in United States History and Political Science.

In studying history, professors helped me try to understand parts of our nation’s short history (American Revolution; History of U.S. Environmental …

By Patrick Chidsey
Patrick Chidsey Associate Director & Career Coach
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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 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 …