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Penn Law’s commitment to government service is unsurpassed.

Resources for students attracted to government jobs include financial support, fellowship opportunities, and one-on-one counseling to help launch their careers.

We support our students and graduates in three key ways:

  • OCS and TPIC have counselors committed to supporting students who seek government employment.
  • OCS and TPIC offer programs and career counseling dedicated to the government service job search, including networking opportunities with government service lawyers.
  • We provide dedicated and intensive government honors application support. 


There are a variety of ways to work in public service positions.  

Penn Law alumni work in the highest reaches of the federal government, as well as in state and local governments across the country. This nationwide network provides students with a pathway to exciting careers in public service.

A sampling of recent government positions & fellowships

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Honors Program
  • Special Assistant to the President, the White House
  • U.S. Solicitor General’s Office, Bristow Fellowship
  • Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, Office of the Vice President, the White House
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Honors Program
  • District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia



  • Sonya Shea L’15

    Sonya Shea L’15

    Trial Attorney, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice

    My experiences at Penn Law allowed me to live my dream of being an environmental lawyer. Through courses in environmental and administrative law, I developed a deeper understanding of the law most relevant to my work. Penn Law provided many opportunities to hone my skills, including assisting practitioners through the Environmental Law Project, writing for RegBlog [now The Regulatory Review], and an externship. And CP&P’s support in helping me to prepare and feel confident for interviews was invaluable.”