Looking for an entry level job or internship in law? This is an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have relevant entry level and internship opportunities.
If you don’t watch the television show Law and Order religiously, you should (SVU or Criminal Intent, either is acceptable). Elliot and Olivia are my favorite cop duo on the show, and they frequently work with judges, lawyers, paralegals, and attorneys to put criminals behind bars. Specifically, Casey Novak, the young and focused senior assistant district attorney helps them win a number of cases. If I ever had to stand before a judge in court I’d want her (or another lawyer) on my side to give me advice and represent my legal matters.
Lawyers give advice to their clients and represent their legal matters in court. To do this they apply abstract legal theories and knowledge to solve specific individualized problems or to advance the interests of those who hire them.
Typical days for lawyers are long, full of travel, and full of communicating and preparing or revising documents. They might spend time discussing cases with clients or preparing the briefs of a case. To do this they travel to meet their clients wherever they are. Lawyers also travel to court and to different places to gather proof or evidence for their case that they can submit to the legislative bodies. When lawyers aren’t working on a case, they devote time during their day to study law and new laws in order to protect their clients.
A new lawyer makes on average between $44,000 and $171,000 per year. Beyond that there are growth opportunities like General Counsel ($75,000-$300,000), Senior Attorney ($77,000-$276,000) and Corporate Counsel ($67,000-$192,000).
Here are some hot spots for lawyers:
You must attend a graduate school for law where a bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for admission. The bachelor’s degree can be in any field since high grades and a high LSAT score are more important than a specific major. Law schools award graduating students a J.D. (Juris Doctor/Doctor of Jurisprudence) as the practitioner’s law degree. Many schools also offer post-doctoral law degrees such as the LL.M (Legum Magister/Master of Laws), or the S.J.D. (Scientiae Juridicae Doctor/Doctor of Juridical Science) for students interested in advancing their research knowledge and credentials in a specific area of law.
If a career in law still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.
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