Congress and state legislatures implement legislative agendas through regulatory agencies, which are part of the executive branch. These agencies help each branch of government perform the duties assigned to it under the Constitution. The regulations issued by agencies can be complex. Certain industries are heavily regulated; professionals in these industries must understand and comply with regulations from numerous state and federal agencies. To complicate matters further, when presidential administrations change, regulations tend to be added, modified, or removed in accordance with the new administration’s agenda.
Regulatory compliance lawyers counsel businesses and other entities to assist them with complying with regulations. In recent years, because our regulatory landscape has expanded and contracted repeatedly, new opportunities in legal compliance have emerged, particularly for those with experience or interest in specialty areas such as energy, technology, financial services, immigration, environmental, health, and securities law. While some compliance jobs can be found working in a traditional law firm or in-house counsel and corporations, others are considered JD advantage positions, where a legal education provides an advantage in performing the duties of the job
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