HamiltonBurr wrote:I want to work in government affairs in some capacity, and a J.D. would provide a skill set that would allow me to succeed in the D.C. Job market. I have maintained my network on capitol hill and fairly certain I would be able to land an externship or fellowship with a congressional office during law school if admitted. I had some pretty traumatic events occur during high school that carried over into college and I didn't apply myself to school at all.
Just going to weigh in here as someone who's worked with people in government affairs and has a mentor in the field. A JD isn't going to help you get there, connections to the government employees will. People who go into government affairs with JDs were often legal counsel for state or national legislators and then get hired by firms or businesses. The JD isn't the key, the network is. It sounds like you're already on the right path. I don't think you need a JD at all to go the government affairs route. You just have to keep networking, maybe work a campaign for 2018 and see if you can land full-time in a higher-up position on the staff of a winning candidate. After a few years of that you will have firms looking to poach you. Just my opinion, though, so take it as you will. Good luck!