Starting a Bright Legal Career with Local Public Service

Christopher J. Tyson
Involvement in public service provides an opportunity to learn how to apply your legal skills within a diverse professional skills environment.

Involvement in public service provides an opportunity to learn how to apply your legal skills within a diverse professional skills environment.

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Beginning a legal career can be intimidating. While much has been written about the role of localities and states in our federalism, too many law students graduate without meaningful exposure to the design and function of local and state government. Thus, when seeking employment or opportunities to use their legal skills outside of work, graduates and young attorneys may lack an awareness of the various local government entities and civic organizations that play a considerable role in cities’ and metropolitan areas’ governance and cultural dynamics. Consequently, they may miss or underestimate opportunities for both public service and employment that exist in the boards and commissions that govern local and state government agencies and quasi-public institutions. Local-level public service opportunities can offer young attorneys personal and professional development, networking, and career direction.

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