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Lawyers Choose Government for National Security, not Job Security

Once again, government is one of the hot employers for new graduates  for security, as in "national security" rather than job security. As this article, "Young Lawyers Flock to Chertoff & Rumsfeld," NY Observer (8/17/06), reports,  "national-security work is the hot government work right now." Though a few D.C. firms have national security practices, it seems that the real excitement lies in jobs with the Department of Justice, Homeland Security and Treasury Department, which oversees issues related to terrorist financing. Another popular destination is the NYPD’s counterterrorism division, which has been hiring lawyers with Ivy League law-school degrees to serve as “civilian analysts.” At least one law student is seeking clerkships with judges in the D.C. and Eastern District of Virginia, which handle many national security issues because of close proximity to the Pentagon and Department of Defense. And, the relationship between increased national security measures and civil liberties has made national security experts desireable candidates at the ACLU and other similar organizations.

Positions prosecuting terrorism, such as those in the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York, which handled the prosecution of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, remain popular, but in contrast to the pre 9-11 era, these jobs are no longer the only option for students interested in national security issues. As the fight against terrorism moves from criminal prosecution to longer-term investigation and policy making, many job opportunities for national security are focused in D.C. It's great to see that so many new, qualified lawyers have found an outlet for their skills in a practice area that impacts all of our daily lives. 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on August 17, 2006 at 03:56 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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