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How To Get Political Campaign Jobs Before Or After Law School

Today’s guest, PJ Hoffman, worked in several political campaign jobs prior to graduating law school and becoming an association lobbyist (he recently shared awesome advice with us on these regulatory affairs jobs). Below, PJ shares his tips on doing campaign work.

If you’re interested in politics, check out both of PJ’s videos. This video below will help you find political campaign jobs for U.S. Congressional races (another JDCOT guest talks about state campaign jobs for practicing lawyers). PJ recommends campaign work whether you’re still considering law school or have already graduated. Find out what these jobs are like:

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Today’s Guest

Association Lobbyist PJ HoffmanAssociation Lobbyist PJ Hoffman
Title: Regulatory Affairs Counsel, National Association of Federal Credit Unions
City: Washington, DC
Law School: University of Miami School of Law in Miami, FL
College: Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL
Previous Careers: PJ worked as a political campaign finance director on several U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns prior to going to law school.
Career Path videos: Political Campaign Jobs & Regulatory Affairs Jobs


Join JD Careers Out There for access to more career help – including full transcripts and career path video interviews, plus career skills videos.Luber: Hey everyone, Marc Luber here. So how many of you are interested in politics? Have you ever thought of trying to work on a political campaign? That’s what we’re looking at today on JD Careers Out There, so stick around! [THEME SONG]

Alright, as you may already know, at JDCOT we explore career paths you could do with a law degree – both in law practice as well as other kinds of law graduate jobs. We do that to help you find a career that fits you so you can love what you do.

I’m Marc Luber, the founder of JDCOT. I’ve always used my law degree to work in alternative careers for lawyers – first in the music industry and then as a legal recruiter. I’ve been helping lawyers with their careers since 2003 and I’m excited for the opportunity to help you.

Today’s guest is PJ Hoffman. Since graduating from law school, PJ’s been a Regulatory Affairs Counsel at a national trade association in Washington, DC. Be sure to check out our video with him on that career path.

BEFORE going to law school, PJ spent close to 7 years working on political campaigns for US Congressional candidates. Today he’s gonna tell us all about working in political campaign jobs and how you can break in – so let’s get right to it!

So PJ, you spent about 7 years working in the campaign world. I’d love you to share with the audience a little bit about what that’s like and how you can get real political campaign jobs on the campaign trail.

PJ: Sure. Gosh, it is such a rewarding experience to be able to do campaigns. It’s a great place to go out of law school or without a law degree as well. But being able to have a law degree, it really sets you up for success.

So how do you get involved with it, right? How do you get in there in the first place? There’s a few different ways.

First of all, if you are a Democrat or a Republican, you’ve kind of got to pick one. Or an Independent’s fine but you really need to pick a party right at the outset to go with because you’re not going to be able to find a job, a second job, if you worked for a Republican as a Democrat and vice versa.

So your first step should be deciding what it is you want to do, whether it’s Democrat or Republican. I was a Democrat, so I could explain a little bit more about how to get a job as a Democrat.

There are State parties; there is the Democratic National Party on the Democratic side, there’s also the DCCC which is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and they’re responsible for helping people in Congress get elected or reelected.

Then there’s the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee which does the Senate side of the same thing. And a lot of times they become clearing houses for resumes and like a job bank.

And so, what you can do is send your resume out to a lot…into the DCCC or the DSCC and they can help to fit you in with a campaign because they have the same responsibilities of making sure all those campaigns are staffed in the same way that you have the responsibility of trying to find a job. They’re kind of the matchmakers; they’re really good at doing that type of stuff.

And there’s also organizations like…a nonprofit organization that helps to really serve as a backbone for people on campaigns. It tells you how to get health insurance. It tells you how to negotiate a salary. It tells you all those skills you need…It’s a really good place to start…

Luber: Alright, we’ll hear lots more from PJ about getting political campaign jobs as we continue this discussion in the Full Interview. He’ll tell us more about that nonprofit organization as well as more about what it’s really like to work in political campaign jobs, how your law degree can help you and more.

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Thanks again for watching everybody. I’m Marc Luber and I’ll see ya soon.

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