var googletag = googletag || {}; googletag.cmd = googletag.cmd || []; googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.pubads().disableInitialLoad(); });
device = device.default;
//this function refreshes [adhesion] ad slot every 60 second and makes prebid bid on it every 60 seconds // Set timer to refresh slot every 60 seconds function setIntervalMobile() { if (! return if (adhesion) setInterval(function(){ googletag.pubads().refresh([adhesion]); }, 60000); } if(device.desktop()) { googletag.cmd.push(function() { leaderboard_top = googletag.defineSlot('/22018898626/LC_Article_detail_page', [468, 60], 'div-gpt-ad-1591620860846-0').setTargeting('pos', ['1']).setTargeting('div_id', ['leaderboard_top']).addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().collapseEmptyDivs(); googletag.enableServices(); }); } else if(device.tablet()) { googletag.cmd.push(function() { leaderboard_top = googletag.defineSlot('/22018898626/LC_Article_detail_page', [320, 50], 'div-gpt-ad-1591620860846-0').setTargeting('pos', ['1']).setTargeting('div_id', ['leaderboard_top']).addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().collapseEmptyDivs(); googletag.enableServices(); }); } else if( { googletag.cmd.push(function() { leaderboard_top = googletag.defineSlot('/22018898626/LC_Article_detail_page', [320, 50], 'div-gpt-ad-1591620860846-0').setTargeting('pos', ['1']).setTargeting('div_id', ['leaderboard_top']).addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().collapseEmptyDivs(); googletag.enableServices(); }); } googletag.cmd.push(function() { // Enable lazy loading with... googletag.pubads().enableLazyLoad({ // Fetch slots within 5 viewports. // fetchMarginPercent: 500, fetchMarginPercent: 100, // Render slots within 2 viewports. // renderMarginPercent: 200, renderMarginPercent: 100, // Double the above values on mobile, where viewports are smaller // and users tend to scroll faster. mobileScaling: 2.0 }); });

Consider Becoming a Government Attorney

( 49 votes, average: 3.9 out of 5)
What do you think about this article? Rate it using the stars above and let us know what you think in the comments below.
What Type of Government Attorney Jobs Are There?

The different aspects of government law take in a wide variety of jobs that are available for the law student looking for his first job or the partially seasoned attorney looking for a change. It really depends on what level of government you choose. There are state levels which include attorney generals, and the public defenders office. Federal level jobs are quite interesting as they involve a lot of investigating for the Department of Justice and several other agencies.

If the idea of drafting legislative law, lobbying and taking care of civil and criminal proceedings for the government appeals to you, this may be the career choice you want. The legal aid society is one place that may be just what you are looking for in the way of a career. If you think that helping to take care of the legal rights of disadvantaged people would be something you would be interested in, this is one of the many government attorney jobs.

Choosing the Right Career

How many people do you know that thoroughly enjoy their jobs? My guess would be not nearly as many as those who do not. When you go to school as long as it takes to become an attorney, the type of attorney you choose should be considered above all else. After all, this is not a position that you can just walk into after graduating from high school. It takes a lot of hard work to get to the point where you can finally hang the sign that proclaims that you are a bona fide attorney.

Government jobs are hard to come by but the first thing you should know about them is that the upper level positions are harder to get than the entry level. However, if you are really serious about this type of position, you should just get together the best resume that you can and apply. Make sure you put in the reason why you would like to have this type of job over the various other attorney positions available.

What Are the Responsibilities of Government Attorneys?

Some of the responsibilities of government attorney jobs are taking care of court proceedings for state attorney generals, acting as public defenders, working with the district attorneys and the courts. When you work for the federal government as an attorney, you may be assigned to work for the Department of Justice among other agencies.
Interested in these kinds of jobs? Click here to find Government jobs.

Government lawyer jobs may include the practice of civil rights law, many aspects of equal housing rights as well as employment. They may also sit in as the judge in a civil rights proceeding. The government always needs advice of a legal nature when it comes to civil rights and government contracts.

The government lawyer will defend clients in the state and federal courts if needed. They have a variety of responsibilities for the public sector which may include investigating claims of violations relating to unfair treatment when it comes to discrimination. Compliance with the law is not an option when it comes to discrimination.

Another specialty of government lawyer jobs are in some instances to represent the municipal government as needed. This may include zoning laws, real estate, and tax law. There is also the problem of labor relations which falls under this category as well. The government lawyer will sometimes have to represent a city or town in courts at the federal level.

The professional responsibility of government lawyers is considered among certain areas of the government as more of a public interest servant than lawyers who have their own practice. There are several legal writings that have stated this as fact. Many other people have challenged this belief. It remains that everyone is of a different opinion.

What Are the Pay Rates for Government Lawyers?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the average salary for lawyers working for government at all levels is
  • $119,000+ for the federal executive branch
  • Local government $87,000+
  • State government $78,000+

The lawyer who works for the government does very well. Do you suppose this is one of the reasons it is such a sought after position? Many times that may hold true however, some lawyers prefer to work government jobs because they feel they are making more of a difference than other practices.

As stated before, political law is one aspect that can be rewarding for a government lawyer if the individual wants to pursue a career in the legislative branch of government. The policy makers need some legal advice from time to time. The advice of these lawyers is an invaluable asset.


The job of the government lawyer is not easy, however; it is not difficult either. The position is definitely a step in the right direction if you think this is the type of career you want. If so, keep your eyes and ears open for any positions that may open up, check with your judicial friends, and if you have relatives, who are lawyers in the government sector, check with them as well. If it is really something you want, do not stop until the goal has been attained.

See latest government attorney jobs near Florida location.
Interested in these kinds of jobs? Click here to find Government jobs.

About Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes is the founder of LawCrossing and an internationally recognized expert in attorney search and placement. Harrison is extremely committed to and passionate about the profession of legal placement. Harrison’s writings about attorney careers and placement attract millions of reads each year. LawCrossing has been ranked on the Inc. 500 twice. For more information, please visit Harrison Barnes’ bio.

About LawCrossing
LawCrossing has received tens of thousands of attorneys jobs and has been the leading legal job board in the United States for almost two decades. LawCrossing helps attorneys dramatically improve their careers by locating every legal job opening in the market. Unlike other job sites, LawCrossing consolidates every job in the legal market and posts jobs regardless of whether or not an employer is paying. LawCrossing takes your legal career seriously and understands the legal profession. For more information, please visit

Featured Testimonials

LawCrossing is the best place to search for legal jobs.I had a great time using it.


LawCrossing Fact #8: LawCrossing is the only job board that seeks out jobs instead of just waiting for them to come to it.


Harrison Barnes does a weekly free webinar with live Q&A for attorneys and law students each Wednesday at 10:00 am PST. You can attend anonymously and ask questions about your career, this article, or any other legal career-related topics. You can sign up for the weekly webinar here: Register on Zoom

Harrison also does a weekly free webinar with live Q&A for law firms, companies, and others who hire attorneys each Wednesday at 10:00 am PST. You can sign up for the weekly webinar here: Register on Zoom

You can browse a list of past webinars here: Webinar Replays

You can also listen to Harrison Barnes Podcasts here: Attorney Career Advice Podcasts

You can also read Harrison Barnes' articles and books here: Harrison's Perspectives

Harrison Barnes is the legal profession's mentor and may be the only person in your legal career who will tell you why you are not reaching your full potential and what you really need to do to grow as an attorney--regardless of how much it hurts. If you prefer truth to stagnation, growth to comfort, and actionable ideas instead of fluffy concepts, you and Harrison will get along just fine. If, however, you want to stay where you are, talk about your past successes, and feel comfortable, Harrison is not for you.

Truly great mentors are like parents, doctors, therapists, spiritual figures, and others because in order to help you they need to expose you to pain and expose your weaknesses. But suppose you act on the advice and pain created by a mentor. In that case, you will become better: a better attorney, better employees, a better boss, know where you are going, and appreciate where you have been--you will hopefully also become a happier and better person. As you learn from Harrison, he hopes he will become your mentor.

To read more career and life advice articles visit Harrison's personal blog.

Let's Do It!

Only LawCrossing consolidates every job it can find in the legal industry and puts all of the job listings it locates in one place.

  • We have more than 25 times as many legal jobs as any other job board.
  • We list jobs you will not find elsewhere that are hidden in small regional publications and employer websites.
  • We collect jobs from more than 250,000 websites and post them on our site.
  • Increase your chances of being seen! Employers on public job boards get flooded with applications. Our private job boards ensure that only members can apply to our job postings.
About Harrison Barnes

Harrison is the founder of BCG Attorney Search and several companies in the legal employment space that collectively gets thousands of attorneys jobs each year. Harrison is widely considered the most successful recruiter in the United States and personally places multiple attorneys most weeks. His articles on legal search and placement are read by attorneys, law students and others millions of times per year.

Success Stories

I was able to obtain my new job through LawCrossing. I love your service! Hopefully, I won't need your help for a while, but if I do, I'll certainly sign up again. I have already told others about your great site.
  • Theresa D. Colorado