Jumpstart DC 2010 by liuqingyan


									If you’re planning a move to Washington, DC with the hope of finding work in the government or non-profit sector,
here are a few ideas for action:

First, contact the BC Law Alumni Chapter. Make connections while you have some free time right now. Contact the
Chapter Representatives to get involved and meet fellow alumni.

                           Danielle Bianchi, Esq.
                           Assistant to the Associate General Counsel (Management)
                           Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel

Second, check the following websites:

                          www.hillzoo.com for job postings on Capitol Hill
                          www.pslawnet.org for public service/government law jobs
                          www.law.arizona.edu/career/honorshandbook.cfm for the Government Honors &
                           Internship Handbook- University of Arizona Law School (email law.career@bc.edu for
                           username and password)
                          www.studentjobs.gov for a list of current openings for students in the federal government
                          www.makingthedifference.org for helpful hints on Federal government resume, KSA’s and
                           other tips
                          www.cq.com for Hill Jobs, which is a list of openings in congressional offices or
                           organizations that work closely with the government
                          www.pslawnet.org/uploads/2009-10_NALP_Federal_Opportunities_Guide.pdf for the
                           2009-2010 NALP Guide to Federal Legal Employment Opportunities
                          www.usajobs.gov is the official job site of the U.S. Federal Government
                          http://ourpublicservice.org/OPS/ for information about working for the Federal Government

Any public or private agency or organization you wish to work for will likely post openings on its own website as well.

Third, subscribe to Legal Times (www.LegalTimes.com), the local newspaper for lawyers and The Washington Post,
which many agencies and organizations also use to advertise legal positions.

Fourth, look into becoming a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia. Visit District of Columbia Committee on
Admissions at www.dcappeals.gov/dccourts/appeals/coa/index.jsp.

Fifth, consider joining Bar Associations in the District of Columbia. For a complete list see www.hg.org/bar-
associations-district-of-columbia.asp. Below are a few Bar Associations and their websites:
                            Hispanic Bar Association: http://www.hbadc.org/
                            South Asian Bar Association: http://www.sabadc.org/
                            Women’s Bar Association: http://www.wbadc.org/
                            Energy Bar Association: http://www.eba-net.org/
                            Federal Communications Bar Association: http://www.fcba.org/

In addition to the Bar Associations, join the Washington Council of Lawyers (http://www.wclawyers.org/), a voluntary
bar focused on public interest and pro bono issues. Their website contains volunteer and paid public service
opportunities. You can also attend their educational and networking events.

Sixth, do you have campaign/political organizing experience and/or aspirations? Consider www.politemps.com, a
temporary service agency for campaign workers and managers.

Boston College Law School, Office of Career Services                                                4/21/2010
Seventh, between January and July, apply for reciprocity with participating DC law schools to visit their office and
look at their job postings. Reciprocity is good for 3 months and expires in August. If you are moving to DC, let
Career Services know and we can apply for you to visit the law school Career Services Offices at Georgetown,
George Washington, Howard, American or Catholic University.

Eighth, keep engaged and active in areas that matter to you. If Washington, DC is completely new to you, or you've
been away for some time, consider systematically contacting every one you know in the area. Invite each person for
coffee and conversation, and talk to them about something other than your job search – like good places to live,
opportunities to volunteer in the community, places to work-out or eat-out. Let people give you advice and feel useful
to you, and begin to build an interesting, enjoyable life while you look for your job.

Starting Salaries* in Washington, DC:

 Government Positions:
 Median: $58,206
 Mean: $63,088
                           * Jobs & J.D.’s Employment and Salaries of New Law Graduates, 2008 NALP

Please note that in June 2005, the D.C. Court of Appeals issued a decision prohibiting attorneys in the DC area to do
substantive legal work unless they are DC Barred or DC Bar-pending. You need to pass a State Bar, obtain a
Certificate of Good Standing from that state and submit the DC Bar Application before you become eligible for any
contract attorney work.

Boston College Law School, Office of Career Services                                                 4/21/2010

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