There are a wide variety of career paths available within Law & Legal Services —from work at law firms, to public interest and government agencies, to corporate law and academia, to private practice. There are also many specialties such as intellectual property, tax, health, and immigration law. The bulk of a lawyer’s work involves research and writing; being adept at both is critical to this job.  In addition, there is a substantial amount of reading and digestion of information involved with the role. In order to practice law in the U.S., (for those individuals who attend law school in the U.S.) a J.D. degree is required as well as passing the Bar examination in the state in which an individual plans to practice.

To learn more about various law careers, visit the robust prelaw portal built by the National Association for Law Placement and the many law career guides offered through OCS’ subscription to Career Insider, powered by Vault. You may also want to explore the possibilities of lobbying, public service consulting, and think tanks.

For students interested in pursuing a law degree, see graduate degree resources.

 

What are Different Types of Practice Settings?

It is important to explore the diverse variety of opportunities within law and understand how the required skills and day to day tasks in a field of law may or may not be a good fit for you.