Description: A deputy chief of staff serves as a principal advisor to the Mayor and is responsible for the development and implementation of policy and programs among various departments.
Knowledge Required: Those entering law professions must have an understanding of government, history, economics, civil procedure, legal writing, and constitutional law, among other topics.
Skills: Written and oral communication, problem solving, public speaking,
Career Path: A deputy chief of staff typically holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Obtaining a first professional degree (Juris Doctor) and research degrees will prepare the recipient to enter the law profession.
Best Cities for this job: Washington, DC and other state capitols.
Median Annual Income: National: $177,281 CA: $215, 477
Future Growth: Employment of law professions is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for legal work will continue as individuals, businesses, and all levels of government require legal services in many areas.
From the field: “The best piece of advice I can give you is to persevere, and stay committed to your educational success.” – Paul Henderson
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