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Administrative Law: Closer Than You May Realize


Vol. 39 No. 3

By Rich Raiders

Rich Raiders, a third-year evening student at Temple University-Beasley School of Law, is the 2010–11 Law Student Division liaison to the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.
Are you interested in a judicial clerkship after graduation? A career as an elected public official? A lobbyist? A judge? Are you pursuing intellectual property? Environmental law? Land use? Health law? Energy? Social Security? Military or admiralty law? Are you in a trial advocacy program and interested in how the court actually works?

If you said yes to any of these questions, the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice can help develop your career. Administrative law covers a very broad range of topics, from the inner workings of all three branches of government, to how individuals and companies interact with the government, to how trial lawyers interact with the court system. This is the home section for aspiring judicial clerks, politicians, lobbyists, and government agency lawyers. The Section’s reach is far closer than many law students may even notice. And we’re here to help.

This year, the Section is rolling out new opportunities for students to participate in its many activities. Because the Section is interested in the process of government, it operates dozens of committees focusing on almost any aspect of law. These committees, as the need arises, will convene to comment on a government proposed rule, as well as a variety of other writing projects. The Section will be asking for student assistance in researching issues and drafting articles or public comments. Other opportunities include the chance to work with experienced private, academic, and government lawyers in a way that most law students may not have access to either at law school or in a summer lawyer role. We will post details at throughout the year.

The Section also holds several meetings and teleconferences throughout the year, where experienced lawyers discuss the latest trends in how government works, and how individual government entities are evolving. The Section recently published a book guiding law students through the admininstrative law job search process (Careers in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice by James T. O’Reilly), available at the ABA Bookstore (

Admin Law is a wide ranging, diverse, and growing career area. Section membership is free for all ABA student members.

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