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Resource Review: Getting a Federal Legal Job

For students interested in learning more about legal jobs with the federal government, Landing a Federal Legal Job: Finding Success in the U.S. Government Job Market, by Richard Hermann, provides a great introduction to the types of jobs available and how to apply for them. A copy of this book is available in the Career Development Office.

The first two parts of the book provide basic information about federal legal jobs, including demographic information about federal lawyers and some pros and cons of working for the federal government.

The third part describes “Where the Federal Lawyers Are.” This part begins by clarifying the difference between attorney jobs, which require a law degree, and law-related jobs, in which a law degree is not required but may be preferred. The author then explains different legal job opportunities available within the three branches of government and where legal offices are located throughout the country. The fourth part then gives an overview of some common federal legal jobs and their unique aspects.

Parts five and six of the book are dedicated to the more practical aspects of applying for and landing jobs. The author offers insights about finding a job that matches an applicant’s skill set and interests, understanding vacancy announcements, and responding to common application questions. This discussion is followed by advice for making one’s application stand out from the crowd, crafting effective résumés and cover letters, submitting applications properly, and conducting interviews successfully.

Part seven offers predictions about the long-term hiring trends in federal government jobs, specifically addressing areas such as national defense, government regulation, globalization, energy independence, technology advances, and others.

In the final part of this book, the author lists and describes several of what he believes are the best areas and legal positions within the federal government. This part is broken up into three sections: jobs involved in facilitating functions performed by the government in which attorneys play a major role, “hidden” jobs, and specific positions that are simply excellent jobs overall.

This book is a great initial resource for anyone considering working for the federal government. It offers a wealth of information about federal legal positions in general (including information about many jobs that often are overlooked) while also providing some practical tips for gaining a competitive edge in the application process.

Career 411: Tips for Succeeding this Summer at a Government Internship

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion composed of public service employers discussing the problems that arise with their interns during the summer.  Based on the discussion, here are a few tips to help you succeed and make a positive impression during your summer working at a state or federal agency. Change of mindset – Realize that even as an  Continue Reading »

What's going on?: April 14 – 19

Today, April 14th, first-year law students interested in a judicial clerkship will want to attend the informational session at 1:oo in the Courtroom, “Applying for Judicial Clerkships:  1L Version”.   The time to apply may be as early as the summer BEFORE your 2L year!  Come learn about applying from the faculty Clerkship Committee, Career Development,  Continue Reading »

Resource Review: Judicial Clerkships: What They Are and How to Get One

In Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships, Debra Strauss, a former judicial clerk, offers readers insights into the general nature of clerkship positions and the application process for obtaining a clerkship. A copy of this resource is available in the Career Development Office. The first part of the book gives a simple introduction  Continue Reading »

Career 411: The Etiquette of Business Cards

As you prepare for your summer job or permanent employment after graduation, the use and etiquette of business cards becomes important.  Exchanging business cards with attorneys you meet in professional or social settings is a great way to interact and continue to connect. The Career Development Office has a template on the computer in the Resource Room that  Continue Reading »

What's going on?: April 7 – 11

This week at Mizzou Law, the Pre-Summer Externship Class, will be held on Monday, April 7th at 1:00 to 1:50 in the Courtroom.  This is the first of two mandatory meetings. Students considering receiving credit for their unpaid public interest summer experience should attend. Keep in mind future events on April 14th.  Next Monday, have lunch  Continue Reading »

Resource Review: Secrets to Writing Top Exam Answers

The Eight Secrets of Top Exam Performance in Law School is a book authored by law professor Charles H. Whitebread. This simple and straightforward resource describes a step-by-step procedure for approaching a traditional law school essay exam question. A copy of this book is available in the Career Development Office. Before the book reveals its  Continue Reading »