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Careers in Government & Public Service Resources

Resources for those interested in serving in government and NGOs that support government programs


Many of Mitchell's students pursue a career in public service by working in government.

This research guide is designed to complement the Government Practice Pathway (for civil law) which aids students in choosing classes that will prepare them for a career in public service.

As our society becomes more complex, agencies play a central role in managing our economy, natural resources and protecting public safety.

Government agencies play an increasing role in our lives and a vast literature cover this practice area.

This guide will introduce you to some of the resources useful for government practice, but we encourage you to consult a reference librarian to find resources tailored to your research query.


This research guide contains an overview of administrative law and specific resources relevant to these topics:

Environmental Law

Land Use Law

Occupational Safety Law

Growth of the Administrative State

Scholars continue to debate the pros of cons of increasing government regulation, but no one questions that the government increasingly plays a role in protecting the public health and welfare. Scholarly treatments of these new developments in government practices include the following.

  • A Blackletter Statement of Federal Administrative Law by the American Bar Association, Call number KF5402 .A843 2004
  • Regulatory rights : Supreme Court activism, the public interest, and the making of constitutional law by Larry Yackle, Call number KF4552 .Y33 2007 (Google Books Preview)
  • To Run a Constitution : the Legitimacy of the Administrative State by John Rohr, Call number JK411 .R64 1986