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Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: I Want YOU! For Gov't Lawyer!

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By Jonathan R. Tung, Esq. on May 20, 2016 12:57 PM

Have you taken your shot at the private sector and now want to move over to government work? We can't blame you. For many young and middle-aged attorneys out there, the fight to be king of the private practice hill is just not all that it's cracked up to be.

But you've probably picked up a bit of experience along the way and that can help you ease your way out of your current rut. So for this week's top three cool jobs, brought to you as part of our affiliate program with Indeed, we present to you some of the cooler government attorney jobs.

CIA: Attorney (Honors and Lateral)

The Office of General Counsel at the CIA is looking for new attorneys to add to its ranks. Obviously, there's gonna be a lot of interest around this seat. The job description promises exposure to more federal government agencies than you can shake a stick at including the DOJ, DOD, DOC, you name it. Also, you'll have contact with the White House and Congress. Just seeing those places might be reason enough to try your luck.

Of course, you'll need a JD from one of the accredited schools and you'll be going through one of the most onerous background checks you'll ever see. Ominously, the job description makes it clear that if the CIA has not responded to you within 45 days of your application being submitted, "[they] will not be offering you a position." Ouch.

SEC: Trial Attorney

There are all sorts of sweet government jobs on offer these days. One of the cooler ones include a litigation attorney seat with the SEC.

If you love securities (stocks and shares, genius) and you also like civil enforcement, then you need to jump on this before we do. The job requires some experience, but alas, the really sexy jobs always do. We hope you like your securities courses in law school because you'll need to apply all of your skills to excel at this job. Relocation to San Fran is a must.

DHS: Trial Attorney (Admiralty)

Here's an interesting one. Normally when people think of homeland security, they tend to think of attacks on airplanes-- or at least attacks on land. Here we're looking at the sea. Although this job is listed under the DHS, it's probably easier to think of it as a lawyer job with the Coast Guard. A fair number of the issues that you'll be dealing have to do with persons attempting to enter into the United States illegally by way her water ways.

You'll be preparing legal memoranda and briefing your colleagues on areas that could be of first impression for the agency. This position also requires that you have your J.D. and be in good standing, and this is also a GS-14 level job, meaning you'll need to have at least completed a years' worth of experience as an attorney. There's a lot of detail on the sheet, so we encourage you to have a look.

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