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U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. Getting a Job on Political Campaigns: Advice from an Expert
(David Jones, Class of 1989)

"Getting a job on a political campaign is to master the art of being aggressive with potential employers without being offensive. Political campaigns like assertive, outgoing people who will call, email, send notes, and just show up at the office while being nice doing it. They also like people who can travel to say, Iowa, on a moments notice to help start up a fledgling campaign.

Use whatever network you already have (i.e. teachers, friends, family, alumni, high school & college classmates) to spread the word about you. Use them to get you informational interviews... that is, an interview with a person that can identify others who may be looking to fill a position.

Don't be afraid to go on interviews in places that may not have any jobs in DC available. At the very least, you should ask them for 3 or 4 people that you should go see. And remember, this is Washington, there are elections every two years and always campaign jobs to fill."

Graduate and Professional School

Many college graduates choose to continue their education beyond their bachelor's degree by pursuing graduate or professional education such as law school. Admission to graduate and law school is competitive, and fiercely so at the top institutions. Your grades and scores on standardized admissions tests, such as the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and LSAT (Law School Admissions Test), are typically the critical determinants of whether or not an applicant is admitted.

Is law school right for you?  Prospective law students may wish to consult the Boston College Law Locator, which allows you to see how your GPA and test scores compare with those of the recent incoming classes at law schools across the country.

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