Attorneys of the government work within specialized areas of law to represent the interests of local, state, or federal government bodies, and may be associated with those who assist in creating or enforcing legislation and/or regulations. Government attorneys may also serve as aides who help craft legislative language or create legally presentable reports for government agencies or the general public. Typically, government attorneys involved in law enforcement are classified as prosecutors; however, they may be involved in assisting the prosecution, even in an investigatory or evidence-discovery capacity.
Most lawyers who are classified as government attorneys may fulfill a variety of other positions. They generally work with some part of the government, such as a cabinet department; in that capacity, they may help legislators with legal language for considered legislation. He/she typically stands ready to represent these entities regarding any inquiries or legal actions brought forth by private citizens. Many agencies and bureaus must also prepare and present reports and official information to various other government branches or the general public, and these attorneys often take on the responsibility.
To work as a government attorney, a law degree from an accredited university is an obvious requirement. Most in this position have some prior work experience with the government or an educational background in public policy. Government attorneys should expect to work in offices for long hours during the week and, depending on the job, may travel to work in the field, as well.
Attorney, Government Tasks
Present cases in court representing the local, state or federal government.
Review reports, evidence, and conduct research.
Question witnesses, victims or others involved in the case.