- What is the agency's mandate?
- How, if at all, is this mandate changing in the current legal environment?
- What are the career advancement opportunities within the agency?
- What kind of responsibility can a new LL.M. graduate expect to receive?
- What type of work do agency attorneys perform (e.g., is it mostly policy work, administrative rulemaking, administrative litigation or representing other U.S. government agencies in federal court)?
- Are there other government agencies with which this particular agency works closely?
- How many opportunities are there for attorneys to serve within the agency? For example, are attorneys employed both in the Office of the General Counsel and elsewhere throughout specific departments? How, if at all, do these attorneys interact within the agency's structure? Is it common for agency attorneys to rotate between private practice and government service, or do most stay with the agency for an extended career?
- What is the rate of attorney turnover?
- Does the agency have current budgetary restraints?
- What is the agency's reputation with the public and the legal community?
- What are some of the agency's current administrative priorities? What are some of its most successful programs?
- What are the current goals and priorities of the agency head? (Make sure to research the professional and political background of the current agency head before asking this question.)
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