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 (!device.mobile()) 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(device.mobile()) { 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 }); });
×

Caitlin Bailey Slavin, Government Attorney

( 16 votes, average: 4 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.
Caitlin Bailey Slavin, Assistant Prosecutor for Berkeley County, West Virginia

Caitlin Bailey Slavin, Government Attorney
Working as a government attorney has both pros and cons, just like any other attorney. Some of the pros include more freedom over what cases they work on and often having a more stable job than some other types of attorneys. Some of the cons include a lower average salary compared to private practice attorneys and less support staff to help you than you would have in private practice. Learn more about what being a government attorney is like in this profile of Caitlin Slavin.


1. Why did you decide to work as a government attorney? I decided to move from a civil litigation firm to a government job because I wanted more in court experience. Given the nature of civil practice today, I felt I wasn't exposed enough to real time in the courtroom like the more senior attorneys at the firm were when they began their careers.

2. What is the best part of working as a government attorney? The best part of working in the government for me is the exciting pace of the work. As a prosecutor, my cases move much faster than my civil cases did, and I love the experience of spending my day in the courtroom advocating the State's position. I also love working with law enforcement and helping victims of crime find justice through the court system.

3. What is the worst part of working as a government attorney? I find the lack of resources to be the worst part of working in government. Working for the county means there simply will not be the type of resources available to attorneys that you would find at a successful law firm. A government office works off of a certain budget and there isn't much wiggle room inside that budget once it is set. This can be frustrating when you want to do your absolute best as an attorney, but you are constricted by strict budgetary concerns.

4. What advice would you give to others looking to become government attorneys? I would advise others that are looking to become government attorneys to actively reach out to the elected official in whose office you want to work or to others working in the particular sector you want to work in to find out about upcoming job vacancies and to better understand the policies and objectives of the particular office. Understanding what policies or objectives that office is pursuing will let help you identify if you could see yourself working in that area of the government on a daily basis.

5. What is a typical day like for you as a government attorney? In my position, a typical day starts in the office at 8 a.m. to prepare for Court at 9 am. I am generally in Court from 9-12, working through the docket of cases that the Prosecutor elect assigned to me. I often rotate courtrooms depending on which Judge has court scheduled for the day. Around noon the court breaks for lunch and I take an hour to eat or catch up on paperwork. If I don't have afternoon court as well, I will work on my assigned cases and schedule meetings with law enforcement officers and witnesses to prepare for upcoming hearings or trial. I am able to leave the office by 5:30 p.m. depending on how busy the day went.

6. How does your experience as a government attorney compare with your peers who chose other sorts of jobs? I can truly say my experience as a government attorney is much better than some of my peers who are unhappy at big law firms. As a government attorney I don't have to worry about billable hours, so there is much more flexibility in my schedule than some of my peers. I've also gained the in court experience that I wanted, compared to many of my peers who have yet to try a case. On the flip side though, my salary as a government attorney is considerably less than that of my peers in the private sector and the politics of working for an elected official is a stressor that I hadn't considered when I made the jump from a firm to the government.


Featured Testimonials

LawCrossing works with dedication for legal areas. It is various job opportunities at one place.
Vanessa


Facts

LawCrossing Fact #112: Every week, we feature the advice and observations of industry pros. Learn from their wisdom and move forward.

 
Let's Do It!
Email:

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.

Success Stories

LawCrossing is great at picking up all of the legal listings everywhere across the internet. I could have gone to three different sites to search, but you had them all on your site. That was extremely helpful. LawCrossing is a one stop shop!
  • Eileen Baca-Penner New Mexico

Everyone Loves LawCrossing

I came back to LawCrossing to search through the listings in my new job search because I had been able to get my last 2 jobs through using the site. I love the search capacity and filters. This is a very valuable service.
  • Jennifer Guidea Bloomfield, NJ
+ Read More Success Stories
  • All we do is research jobs
  • Our team of researchers, programmers, and analysts find you jobs from over 50,000 career pages and other sources
  • Our members get more interviews and jobs than people who use "public job boards"