Career Paths: Legislature

Many lawyers work on Capitol Hill or for the state government as aides to elected representatives.  In addition to supervisory duties and speech writing, they participate in committee and subcommittee activities in which their employers are members.  The career paths for legislative aides are many.  Some ride their representatives' coattails all the way to the top.  Others leave for administrative or executive office positions or they create or join lobbying firms for the institutions they supported.

Other legislative positions include positions for the senate or congress as a whole, where you become involved in cutting edge issues through detailed research and high level briefings before legislators and their aides.  At both the federal and state levels, it is commonly lawyers who draft legislation.