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How hard are policy jobs in DC to come by?

Post by WorthyAngel » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:54 pm

I have had a couple of interviews with a dream policy fellowship for my 2L summer, but no offer yet. Meanwhile, I have several firm callbacks coming up, and I don't know how long I will be able to hold offers for. I would rather do the policy job, but I'm assuming the most likely outcome is that, post-2L summer, I don't get policy work post-graduation, and I end up doing some other legal work that I'm not super into, wishing I at least had the $180k to solace my misery. Has anyone here had good advice from current lawyers or experience in getting major policy jobs?

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Re: How hard are policy jobs in DC to come by?

Post by 2013 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:22 am

Get into a regulatory practice in a firm’s DC office. Then switch over to a policy job when one opens up.

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Re: How hard are policy jobs in DC to come by?

Post by lolo24189 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:37 am

2013 wrote:Get into a regulatory practice in a firm’s DC office. Then switch over to a policy job when one opens up.
can you elaborate on the overlap here?

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Re: How hard are policy jobs in DC to come by?

Post by cavalier1138 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:51 am

lolo24189 wrote:
2013 wrote:Get into a regulatory practice in a firm’s DC office. Then switch over to a policy job when one opens up.
can you elaborate on the overlap here?
Regulatory groups are focused on specific substantive policy areas...

I'm not sure how much more elaboration you could need.

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Re: How hard are policy jobs in DC to come by?

Post by lolo24189 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:22 pm

cavalier1138 wrote:
lolo24189 wrote:
2013 wrote:Get into a regulatory practice in a firm’s DC office. Then switch over to a policy job when one opens up.
can you elaborate on the overlap here?
Regulatory groups are focused on specific substantive policy areas...

I'm not sure how much more elaboration you could need.
I mean how do you switch over to a policy job? It's because you become an expert in a regulatory subject and then go into that subject in policy? Is this on the Hill? Just wondering how you get into a policy job just from doing regulatory work

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Re: How hard are policy jobs in DC to come by?

Post by cavalier1138 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:40 pm

lolo24189 wrote:
cavalier1138 wrote:
lolo24189 wrote:
2013 wrote:Get into a regulatory practice in a firm’s DC office. Then switch over to a policy job when one opens up.
can you elaborate on the overlap here?
Regulatory groups are focused on specific substantive policy areas...

I'm not sure how much more elaboration you could need.
I mean how do you switch over to a policy job? It's because you become an expert in a regulatory subject and then go into that subject in policy? Is this on the Hill? Just wondering how you get into a policy job just from doing regulatory work
More or less, yes.

These regulatory fields aren't that big. If you work in a regulatory group at a big DC shop, you will inevitably get to know the big players in the government or in lobbying groups. You'll also develop the substantive expertise to make you a strong candidate for those positions.

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Re: How hard are policy jobs in DC to come by?

Post by WorthyAngel » Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:04 pm

2013 wrote:Get into a regulatory practice in a firm’s DC office. Then switch over to a policy job when one opens up.
I don't think I'm ending up at any DC firm. OCI was a complete strike-out.

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