Government Resources & Publications
All students interested in government employment should review SJI’s Public Interest Job Search Toolkit, which can be found on the password-protected SJI Guides page. (You be prompted for your Lawnet ID and password. Note: Due to a server issue, you may need to refresh after clicking this link to access the Lawnet gateway.) This page also contains links and logins for Columbia Students to access the University of Arizona Government Honors Guide and their Public Policy Handbook, as well as several proprietary subject-specific government guides, including:
- "Guide to the Attorney General Honors Program" (Department of Justice)
- "Guide to Non-DOJ Honors Programs"
- "Government Career Guide: Financial Regulation & Banking"
- "Government Career Guide: National Security"
Online Government Job Resources
- Usajobs.gov contains a nearly complete list of federal jobs. Note that this site lists federal government jobs, not just those that are legal in nature. Note that jobs that do not involve practicing law in a traditional manner and may not qualify for loan repayment assistance.
- The best resource for summer and entry-level, postgraduate federal government legal employment is the Government Honors and Internship Handbook (“The Arizona Guide”). The link to The Arizona Guide and the Law School-specific login information can be found on the SJI Guides page (Note: You will be prompted for your LawNet password to access this page. Due to a server issue, you may need to refresh after clicking this link to access the Lawnet gateway. ).
- New York City Government Jobs
- Pmf.gov contains information on the Presidential Management Fellowship, a postgraduate program for students interested in policy-making and management. Note that PMF jobs generally do not involve practicing law in a traditional manner and may not qualify for loan repayment assistance.
- The PSJD.org database is an excellent source of job listings for all levels of government. You can register for free access to PSLawNet using your Columbia email address. PSLawNet’s Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide is particularly helpful.
- Federal Careers for Attorneys, a website sponsored by West, lists all federal government offices that employ attorneys; the table of contents is searchable by jurisdiction as well as practice area and provides a very useful resource in locating offices outside of Washington, D.C.
- Federal Jobs Search Page is notable because it contains links to state government web pages.
- Roll Call Jobs features jobs in government affairs, lobbying and other positions with organizations that do lobbying and other work with the federal government.
Practice Area-Specific Guides
We thank our counterparts at Harvard Law School and Yale Law School for making these resources available to the public.