Federal Government


NALP’s Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide

Click on Public Service Initiatives on left side.  This is an enormously helpful resource.  It lists all the federal agencies, with a description of what they do, tips for landing a job and web resources.

United States Government Manual

This resource can help you narrow down your search to agencies that interest you most.  The manual provides a brief description of every agency, its organizations, mission and locations.  To download a free copy from the National Archives and Records Administration, go to:


American Bar Association Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division

The Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division (GPSLD) Web page devoted entirely to law students.  Here you’ll find articles and information on topics such as loan repayment and forgiveness, legal careers in the public sector, and surviving law school. Look around, check out the publications...if you like what you see, join the Division!  You must be a member of the ABA to join GPSLD, but law student membership in the ABA is just $25 per year and public sector lawyers division is free for law students. 

Federal Government Service Pay Scales


Job Posting Databases

US Attorney’s Office (District of MN)

Job postings and law clerking opportunities for summer, fall and spring are typically listed on Symplicity, Government Honor’s Handbook site and on: http://www.usajobs.gov/

The Department of Justice

The Department of Justice hires law clerks through its Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP)  and graduating 3Ls through its Attorney General Honor’s Program for graduating 3Ls.  There are many hiring contingencies in the Department of Justice including the Antitrust Division, Civil Division, Civil Rights Division, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Office of Justice Programs, Professional Responsibility Advisory Office, and the Tax Division.  For more information about the SLIP go to http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/arm/sp/sp.htm.  For more information about the Honor’s Program go to http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/arm/hp/hp.htm.

Government Honors & Internship Handbook

Email lawcareers@stthomas.edu for current username and password.  Contains jobs postings and deadlines for federal government post-graduate honors programs and summer internship opportunities, as well as information on government payscales, background checks and application tips.

Office of Personnel Management

This is the federal government’s official one-stop source for federal jobs (permanent and internships) and employment information.  Searchable by position, salary, and geographic location.  Updated every business day.  Can create an agent to email particular kinds of opportunities as soon as they are posted.  Note: when searching for federal jobs, also check the agency site, as not every job makes it onto USA JOBS.Jobs specifically for students are at:

Presidential Management Fellows Program

A fantastic opportunity for law and other graduate students interested in government policy work.  This is a program designed to attract outstanding men and women who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.

Federal Jobs Search Page

Similar to OPM and Fedworld sites listed below, this site is notable because it  also contains links to state government web pages.


This site is managed by NTIS, a Department of Commerce agency.  Federal jobs are posted daily, with search tools.  Also contains many links to other government websites.

Roll Call Jobs

Features jobs in government affairs, lobbying and other positions with organizations that do lobbying and other work with the federal government.  Can post your resume.  Members log-in not necessary to job search.

Federal Career Opportunities


Departments of The Federal Government



Federal Agencies