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Law

 

What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer


Area:

Private Practice

Sub-Area:

  • Counsel
  • Administration
  • Librarianship

Employers:

  • Large multi-office firms
  • Medium-size firms
  • Small firms
  • Sole practitioners
  • Legal clinics
  • Other private legal services

Area:

Corporate Law

Sub-Area:

  • In-House Counsel:
    • Transactional
    • Litigatory
  • Private Practice

Employers:

  • Any large corporation (largest number of attorneys are at corporate headquarters)
  • Law firms with corporate law and related business practice areas

Area:

Public Interest Law

Sub-Area:

  • Counsel
  • Legal Aid Services
  • Public Defense
  • Civil Rights Law

Employers:

  • Legal Services Corporation
  • Legal aid societies
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Public defender offices
  • Private groups
  • Nonprofit and public interest organizations, e.g. ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Law firms practicing public interest law

Area:

Federal Government

Sub-Area:

  • Counsel

Employers:

  • Most government branches have legal counsel; some of the largest employers of lawyers are:
    • Department of Justice
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Central Intelligence Agency
    • Federal Trade Commission
    • Internal Revenue Service
    • Securities and Exchange Commission
    • Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps for all branches of the military

Area:

Federal Government

Sub-Area:

  • Judicial Clerkships

Employers:

  • Federal courts of appeal and district court (trial) judges and magistrates
  • Bankruptcy and administrative law judges
  • State courts of appeal and trial level judges
  • Federal and state court clerkships for collective judges in a court

Area:

State and Local Government

Sub-Area:

  • Criminal Prosecution
  • Civil Law
  • Public Defense

Employers:

  • District Attorney's Office
  • Attorney General's Office
  • State agencies, commissions, boards, executive and legislative office staff
  • Local agencies and commissions
  • City and county law offices

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Student Affairs (Law Schools and General Schools)
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Pre-Law Advising
  • Law Librarianship
  • General Counsel

Employers:

  • Law schools including departments of:
    • Career Services
    • Admissions
    • Student Services
  • Law libraries
  • Business schools
  • Undergraduate departments of History and Political
  • Science
  • Paralegal schools
  • Universities and colleges including:
    • Judicial Affairs Office
    • Dean of Students
    • Human Resources

Area:

Patent, Copyright, Intellectual Property Law

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Law firms (specialized)
  • Corporations
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Area:

Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Banking

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Bank trust departments
  • Brokerage firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Development offices for preparatory schools, hospitals, and universities

Area:

Energy Law, Natural Resources and Environmental Law

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Law firms
  • Corporations
  • Federal agencies, especially Department of Energy
  • Environmental compliance services companies
  • State agencies
  • Regulatory commissions
  • Advocacy organizations

Area:

Family and Juvenile Law

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Private practice
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations

Area:

Health Law

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Law firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Government agencies

Area:

International Law

Sub-Area:

  • Public
  • Private

Employers:

  • Governments
  • International organizations
  • United Nations
  • World Bank
  • Private firms
  • Large corporations

Area:

Politics

Sub-Area:

  • Lobbying/Government Relations
  • Elected Office

Employers:

  • Corporations
  • Trade and professional associations
  • Political action committees
  • Law firms
  • Public interest advocacy groups

General Information and Strategies

  • Students interested in attending law school may choose any major of interest. Some undergraduate majors can help prepare students for a particular area of law, e.g., a B.S. in environmental science for a career in environmental law.
  • Develop strong research and writing skills. Enhance communication skills through public speaking courses, debate team, or Toast Masters (a public speaking organization).
  • Maintain a high grade point average to increase chances of gaining admission to law school.
  • Join Phi Alpha Delta professional association.
  • Prepare for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) which is required by all law schools.
  • Secure strong personal recommendations from professors.
  • Find part-time jobs or internships in law firms or government agencies to reality test your interest in law and to gain relevant experience.
  • Participate in mock trial, student government, student judiciary boards, and other related organizations.
  • Completing the law degree, Juris Doctor or JD, typically takes three years of full-time coursework. After completion, one must pass a state bar examine in order to practice law.
  • Many specialities exist in the practice of law such as real estate, entertainment law, tax law, education law, sport law. New specialities are always emerging. Consider your interests and skills when choosing an area of practice.