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Job Searching Research Guide

This guide outlines library resources that will help you research potential employers and prepare for job interviews.

Government (Federal, State & Municipal)

Here in DC, there are many more government job opportunities available for lawyers than in any other part of the country. Be aware, however, that the timetable for most government jobs moves much more slowly than other types of legal jobs, so be sure to factor the appropriate amount of time into your search if you're hoping to secure a government position. State and municipal government jobs should also be considered. The Law Library has a number of resources, both electronic and in print, to assist you with this research. The Office of Public Interest and Community Service should be consulted for guidance on locating specific job openings, but these resources can assist you as you prepare to interview and research potential employers.

Key Resources

Other Print Resources

US Government Manual


The United States Government Manual provides information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. 

Government Cover Letters

Guides and handouts from the Writing Center at Georgetown Law can assist with job searching. Please visit the Writing Center's website for the most recent updates.