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The Washington, DC, Metro Region comprises the city itself, Northern Virginia, and the Maryland suburbs. Washington, DC, is a political town, and the city rises and rests with the activities of policymakers. Despite being the home of the executive branch of our government, it is another branch, Congress, which makes the city come alive. Literally, the city sleeps when Congress is not in session; restaurateurs complain; taxis run idle; the Metro is less crowded; and traffic becomes bearable.

What makes Washington, DC, special is that you get the best of many worlds. Obviously, because Washington is the capital of the nation, government dominates the city. However, there is a huge legal market; large businesses; and multitudes of institutions, cultural activities, museums, and hot spots in this city. However, you are only about one hour from the mountains and three hours from the ocean. Plus, the beautiful Potomac River and Rock Creek Park provide a haven within the city for nature lovers. Walk down the street in D.C. and you will see a cross-section of society: college students, lawyers, government employees, the homeless, business people, and occasionally famous Hollywood actors. It's all here.

Most people who work in downtown D.C. live in the northwest section or the suburbs of Virginia or Maryland, such as Arlington, Alexandria, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, or Potomac. Georgetown and Potomac are the places most mentioned as the homes of the well-to-do, but many members of Congress, lobbyists, lawyers, and congressional aides live in Capitol Hill. If you want to live close to town and reduce your commute to 10 minutes, but still desire to have the suburban feel for your kids, Palisades, Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, and Chevy Chase offer great neighborhoods. For posh urban living, Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, and Kalorama are ideal locations. Adams-Morgan and Logan Circle are the hip urban neighborhoods that attract the young and creative crowds. There has been a quickly growing surge in real estate regarding the East Side of Washington, DC (in the Chinatown area, where the MCI Center arena is located). Many law firms are also moving east; and areas between 7th and 12th streets, which were historically not business districts, are starting to boast the new offices of D.C.'s most prominent law firms.

Drive down K Street or other parts of downtown Washington, DC, at 8:00 p.m., and you will see people still at work. Just like New York, the hip restaurants don't begin to fill up until 9:00 p.m. While the delicacy in D.C. is not on par with New York, it is catching up. The Asian/Venetian K Street restaurant, Teatro Goldoni, considered one of the best in D.C., attracts lobbyists, members of Congress, and deal makers. The Palm, Olive's, and Citronelle at the Latham Hotel are well-known destinations for the power brokers and trendsetters. The renowned French chef who opened Los Angeles's Citrus is the proprietor of Citronelle. For the Foggy Bottom crowd, three restaurants inside hotels-the Circle Bistro at One Washington Circle, Nectar at the George Washington University Inn, and Dish at the River Inn-have received great reviews. Closer to downtown, Vidalia, Kinkead's, and Taberna del Alabardero (which critics say is the best Spanish restaurant in the country) are considered the gems of D.C. For the hip crowd, the owners of D.C. Coast and TenPenh have opened Ceiba, a very promising pan-Latin restaurant. Zaytinya is a new Middle Eastern restaurant that is one of the hottest places in town. A favorite of the Capitol Hill set is Capital Grille, where you are likely to see power brokers and lobbyists smoke cigars and sip expensive whiskey. If you like steak, try Morton's of Chicago. In sum, D.C. has come a long way in the gastronomy-indulgence field, and the future looks promising.

Mention Washington, DC, to most people in America, and the first thing they think of is government. Of course, the federal government is the largest employer in town. Accordingly, there are many lawyers who work for the federal government. Washington, DC, is unique in that it offers a much broader array of legal practice areas than you would find in any major city in the U.S. The federal government is directly responsible for this, particularly as it relates to the regulated industry practices. For example, just to name a few, the Department of Justice, Securities & Exchange Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the International Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency all call Washington, DC, their home. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has moved into a multimillion-dollar complex across the Potomac in Alexandria, VA. The largest government building, the home of our military might, the Pentagon, can be seen from the banks of Potomac River in Washington, DC.

There are numerous think tanks, business consultants, lobbyists, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, union headquarters, and, of course, law firms in Washington, DC, as well. The D.C. region also boasts several of the top policy-oriented universities in the nation, including Georgetown University, American University, and George Washington University.

Lastly, Washington, DC, is one of the largest legal markets in the country and is home to some of the biggest firms in America. There are more lawyers per capita here than any other city in the U.S. Some people joke: "If you shake a tree in D.C., 10 lawyers will fall out." Washington, DC, also probably has the highest number of lawyers with federal clerkship experience, which would include former Supreme Court clerks. While Washington, DC, is dominated by prestigious firms and attracts the best and brightest that America has to offer, there are plenty of opportunities for attorneys who are looking for firms with sophisticated practices that recruit from schools other than the top 10.

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