How common is it for lawyers--say in DC--to exit to lobbying

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How common is it for lawyers--say in DC--to exit to lobbying

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:08 am

Firms? Say from a full-service biglaw to a more specialized shop?

Do you have to have focused on lobbying activities from day one as an associate or do they have need for litigators as well?

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Re: How common is it for lawyers--say in DC--to exit to lobbying

Postby snagglepuss » Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:21 am

Anonymous User wrote:Firms? Say from a full-service biglaw to a more specialized shop?

Do you have to have focused on lobbying activities from day one as an associate or do they have need for litigators as well?

Not sure why this warrants anonymous, but here's Georgetown's thoughts:
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/careers/career-planning/private-sector-settings/lobbying.cfm

Here's TLS's thoughts
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=219242

I wouldn't go to law school with designs on being a lobbyist. You're better off interning on the Hill.

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Re: How common is it for lawyers--say in DC--to exit to lobbying

Postby anon168 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:31 am

Anonymous User wrote:Firms? Say from a full-service biglaw to a more specialized shop?

Do you have to have focused on lobbying activities from day one as an associate or do they have need for litigators as well?


Quite frequently.

It's probably why 1/4 of the lawyers in DC are in DC to begin with.

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Re: How common is it for lawyers--say in DC--to exit to lobbying

Postby Liam » Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:46 am

To some extent this depends on how you define "lobbying." There's lots of regulatory work that people do from day one (dealing SEC/FTC/CFTC etc.) that fits comfortably within the definition of "lobbying"—you are negotiating with government officials to achieve policy outcomes on behalf of a client.

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Re: How common is it for lawyers--say in DC--to exit to lobbying

Postby AllTheLawz » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:25 pm

Liam wrote:To some extent this depends on how you define "lobbying." There's lots of regulatory work that people do from day one (dealing SEC/FTC/CFTC etc.) that fits comfortably within the definition of "lobbying"—you are negotiating with government officials to achieve policy outcomes on behalf of a client.


This is pretty spot on. A lot of lobbying is done by people within law firms. Within those law firms, however, the lobbying groups are generally made up of people who have "on the hill" experience or are from military backgrounds (especially for government contracts and the like). For someone who is just K-JD with no connections it would be difficult.

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Re: How common is it for lawyers--say in DC--to exit to lobbying

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:02 pm

Everyone I know who lobbies in DC has Hill connections.

If you're not doing something that doesn't develop connections on the Hill, you're not getting any closer to lobbying.




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