Working for the government is among the most exciting and satisfying ways to start your legal career.
There are thousands of federal, state, and local government agencies, and many hire students for summer and postgraduate employment. Columbia Law School is eager to support you as you consider a summer or career in the public sector.
SJI is available to develop an individualized job search plan with each student. Appointments with Rachel Pauley, Director of Government Programs, may be made using Symplicity. Additionally, students should consult the resources available on our Resources & Publications page.
Externships and Pro Bono Government Placements
Externships and pro bono work during law school provide students with important legal practice experience as well as networking opportunities. Externships in government include:
- The City and State Policy Advocacy Externship
- The Domestic Violence Prosecution Externship
- The Federal Appellate Court Externship
- The Federal Court Clerk Externship
- Federal Prosecution Externship: U.S. Attorney’s Office, SDNY
- Federal Prosecution Externship: U.S. Attorney’s Office, EDNY
- United Nations Externship
Additionally, the Externship on the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. provides a unique full-semester opportunity for students to work in a federal government legal office.
See our Externships page for more information on these and other externships.
For information about working in government for pro bono credit, please visit our Pro Bono page.