Are You Thinking of Running for Office?

Eric Graninger

Critical thinking, along with strong advocacy skills, serves the attorney well in the practice of law. These same talents often lead to success as an elected official. At the federal level, attorneys filled about 40 percent of the seats in the 2015–2016 session of Congress. (Nick Robinson, The Decline of the Lawyer-Politician, 65 Buff. L. Rev. 657, 659 (2017)). More than half of all US presidents and vice presidents have been lawyers, and, of course, the federal judiciary is filled by attorneys. While lawyers are not as dominant in state offices, they still play a major role in all three branches of government.

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