State and federal governments employ lawyers in all three branches--executive, legislative, and judicial. While the most commonly recognized example of government service is criminal prosecution (United States Department of Justice; State County District Attorneys), lawyers also work in various federal and state agencies (for example, the United States Food and Drug Administration, or the State Department of Education), and in federal and state legislatures.
The United States Department of Justice also hires current 3L students for permanent employment through its "Honors Program." This is the only program through which the DOJ hires entry-level attorneys. Students selected for these highly competitive slots are considered for permanent positions with the DOJ after graduation. The application period generally runs from late July through early September for clerkship positions for the following summer. For more information, visit the DOJ Honors Program website.
An additional resource for government opportunities is the subscribers' version of The University of Arizona College of Law's Government Honors & Internship Handbook. Baylor Law School is a subscriber to this resource. Contact the CDO for login information.
Finally, the Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide, located on this webpage contains some helpful information and advice about applying for jobs within the federal government.