The federal government employs thousands of attorneys in federal agencies nationwide. In addition to working as a U.S. Attorney prosecuting for the Department of Justice, there are opportunities to work in nearly every area of law. Here we provide you with multiple resources to help you research the opportunities at federal agencies, links to a comprehensive list of federal government websites and multiple governmental job databases.
There are opportunities to work in civil litigation, administrative law or criminal prosecution at the state, county and city level. Locally, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, Hennepin, Ramsey and other metro area counties provide opportunities to clerk during the school year. In the summer, county attorney offices around the state become possibilities. Here we provide you with information about clerking opportunities, links to local government attorney offices, and bar association websites for nearby states.
In Minnesota, public defenders also work for the state. They are employed in at the appellate level in Minneapolis (link here) and at each of the counties statewide. In other states, public defenders are often employed by the counties directly. Here we provide you with information about the multiple ways law clerks are hired in Minnesota, links to the Minnesota and Federal Public Defenders websites, and a link to the premiere nationwide public defense job database.