I'm a rising college junior and am contemplating law school. I've always been set on a career in politics and government, and intend to get started at the state level and go from there. I have the connections, experience, and requisite skills (I tend to think) you'd expect at this point in life, and could probably work my way in.
The thing I am uncertain about is law school. A preponderance of the nation's elected officials have some background in law, whether it be a JD or LLM. From my research, it's the select few you come across who went straight from undergrad into their careers.
I do not intend to practice. At least privately. I have some friends/contacts who are DAs and others who work in Governor's offices and in AG offices. I've have always been interested in practicing in a public interest setting such as that, but that is the extent of it, but in which case I would need it.
It begs the question whether or not a law school degree is an antiquated formality for working in government, or is still more necessary than we tend to think.
I look forward to your thoughts.