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December 05, 2022

Careers in Administrative Law

Watch and learn about Administrative Law from the ABA Legal Career Central's Career Choice Series Webinars!

Watch and learn about Administrative Law from the ABA Legal Career Central's Career Choice Series Webinars!

Career Choice Series: Administrative Law  Learn about the typical day for an Administrative Law professional, including interview tips, areas of practice and more!
Watch Webinar here. (Webinar held February 3, 2018).

Career Choice Series: Administrative Agencies and Administrative Law Judges
What is Administrative Law? What do lawyers in Administrative Law do, and where do they work? What are the career options for Administrative Law practitioners? Get the answers straight from Administrative Law professionals.
Watch Webinar here. (Webinar held October 27, 2017).

Interview with an Administrative Law Expert
Sam Wice, the Section's 2015 Law Student Division liaison, interviewed Paul Noe, Vice President for Public Policy at the American Forest & Paper Association about how he began his career in Administrative Law.
Read the interview here.


Career Handbook Updated for 2017!
From the book Careers in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Edited by James T. O'Reilly: Each essay provides a specific “how-to” guide for law students and lawyers to succeed in each Administrative Law career path.

Authored by 19 of the leading law firm practitioners, government agency counsels, federal judges, non-profit group advocates and legal educators, the essays open your eyes to the rewarding careers that lie within the administrative law specialty, including: "Becoming a Congressional Research Attorney;" "Becoming an Immigration Lawyer;" "Becoming a Food and Drug Lawyer;" "Becoming an Effective Adjudicator;" "Becoming an Administrative Law Judge;" and many others. Read more here.

Careers in Administrative Law

What is Administrative Law?

Administrative law is the body of law that governs the activities of administrative agencies of government and works to regulate the increasingly complex social, economic and political spheres of human interaction. 

Areas of interest include:


  • Rulemaking
  • Homeland Security
  • Adjudication
  •  Preemption
  • Environmental Law
  •  Immigration
  • Transportation Law
  •  Taxation
  • Congressional Research
  • State and Local Law
  •  Regulatory Policy
  •  Election Law
  •  International Law
  •  Trade

What do administrative lawyers do?

Administrative Lawyers observe, evaluate, assess, and sometimes oppose the implementation of certain statutory provisions adopted by Congress or the state or local legislative body. As a whole administrative lawyers make a conscientious effort to standardize and systematize the way in which government agencies operate.