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Assistant Attorneys General head the divisions of the federal government responsible for enforcing law and administering justice at the executive level. They help the Attorney General do his or her job better by managing tiered legal departments, analyzing their effectiveness, and reporting their findings directly to either the Deputy Attorney General or the Associate Attorney General.
In the federal government, there are 12 judicial divisions: antitrust, civil, civil rights, criminal, national security, environment and national resources, justice management, tax, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Policy and Office of Legislative Affairs. Seven of these focus on litigation (i.e. arguing in court), while the remaining five serve research and advisory roles.
As an Assistant Attorney General, you are the head Lawyer in your one of these divisions. This makes you responsible for shaping national policy and pursuing those who violate laws relevant to your division. For example, the Assistant Attorney General of the Environmental and National Resources Division devises environmental programs that protect the health of every citizen in the United States. If a factory is breaking federal law by releasing toxic fumes in the air, it’s the Assistant Attorney General that stands up for the little guy. When loggers encroach on protected land, protected wildlife is defended by the Assistant Attorney General.
As one of the highest ranking Lawyers in the land, you know every angle of your area of expertise and embrace those laws with gusto, constantly striving to make decisions that will impact the public in the best way possible. You get big bonus points for being ambitious and passionate.