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State & Local Government

Note: we have focused these materials on North Carolina government. If you are interested in opportunities in other states, we recommend checking out the additional resources linked from this page. And, of course, please contact a counselor for assistance with your search for government jobs in any jurisdiction.

State Government

There are various options for work in the North Carolina state government. The Attorney General's Office has several divisions, including legal services and consumer protection. There are attorneys who act as counsel to the governor. Many state agencies hire attorneys directly, in addition to the attorneys who are hired by the Attorney General's Office to work in other state agencies. Attorneys work in the state courts as judges, clerks and administrators. Finally, the General Assembly hires attorneys to work in various positions, including bill drafting and research. District Attorneys and Public Defenders are also state employees.

Local Government

Attorneys work as both city and county attorneys, as well as in city council and mayoral offices. City and county attorney offices are similar to general counsel for large corporations: their sole client is the municipal government, and the attorneys work on issues ranging from public finance and real estate to tort claims and tax, contracts and employment. Because social services are often provided at the county level, county attorneys offices often work closely with family and social services, and may even have a department or division focused solely on these issues.

In North Carolina, cities such as Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh, and Greensboro have relatively large city attorney offices. In fact, the Charlotte City Attorney regularly recruits at Carolina Law for summer interns. The Town of Chapel Hill has a town attorney, while some smaller towns, such as Carrboro, use a private attorney for their municipal issues. If you are interested in practicing in municipal law, research the local governments you are interested in and contact the city or county attorney's offices to inquire about summer and permanent opportunities. You may also want to seek opportunities in private law firms practicing municipal law. For assistance with your search, please talk with a counselor in the CDO.

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