Careers in Law

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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.

Law Careers

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Law Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Lawyer Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Lawyer
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Lawyer
  4. Best Locations for Lawyers
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Lawyer
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Law
  7. Law Resources
  8. Careers Related to Law
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Law

What a Lawyer Does

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.

A Typical Day for a Lawyer

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.

Salary and Career Progression in Lawyer

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).

Best Locations for Lawyers

Here are some hot spots for lawyers:

  • Reno, Nevada
  • Newport Beach, California
  • Walnut Creek, California
  • New York, New York
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Houston, Texas
  • Washington DC
  • Wilmington, Delaware
  • New Haven, Connecticut

Pros and Cons of Being a Lawyer

Pros:
  • Wide range of clients
  • Great pay
  • Great career path
  • Lots of travel
Cons:
  • Long hours
  • Continuous studying and learning

What You Need to Know for a Career in Law

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.

Law Resources

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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Careers Related to Law

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kCura - kCura is a Chicago based company that offers "web-based e-discovery applications for managing large volumes of electronic evidence during litigation or investigations.”

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Natural Resources Defense Council - NRDC is an NYC based non-profit that wants to "safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends."

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Conservation Law Foundation - Conservation Law Foundation is a Boston, MA based non-profit that believes “that healthy communities and a clean environment are a right for all New Englanders.”

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American Student Assistance - American Student Assistance is a Boston, MA based non-profit that empowers "students and alumni to successfully manage and repay their college loan debt.”

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Public Knowledge - Public Knowledge is a Washington, DC based non-profit that “preserves the openness of the Internet and the public’s access to knowledge."

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Rocket Lawyer - Rocket Lawyer is a San Francisco, CA based company that is “making legal work easier and more convenient for everyone.”

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Lawline.com - Lawline.com comes is a New York, NY based “provider of Online Continuing Legal Education courses for attorneys across the country.”

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General Growth Properties - GGP is a Chicago, IL based real estate trust that owns and operates shopping centers all across the United States.

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Irish International Immigrant Center - Irish International Immigrant Center is a non-profit organization that supports immigrants from Ireland and more than 120 other countries, and they're hiring.

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Macmillan - Macmillan is the public face of a ton of U.S. publishers owned by a German media company, and they have a ridiculous number of job opportunities.

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Internet Brands - Internet Brands is based in El Segundo, CA and they manage web properties in a variety of verticals. They're hiring for a ton of jobs right now.

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Environmental Law Institute - The Environmental Law Institute is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization that helps shape "the fields of environmental law, policy, and management."

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Free Software Foundation - The Free Software Foundation has a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users, and they're hiring.

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Total Attorneys - Chicago based Total Attorneys provides software solutions that make it easy for individual lawyers and small firms run their businesses, and they're hiring.

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Central Intelligence Agency - Today is a good day to be an American and a good day to think about career opportunities with the CIA that will allow you to serve your country.

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Corbis - All creative works belong to someone and Corbis is a company based in Seattle, WA that buys and sells the rights for creative intellectual property.

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American Greetings - American Greetings seems to keep on growing, and that means lots of hiring at their headquarters in Cleveland, OH and elsewhere.

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Corporate Executive Board - If you’re fascinated by large corporations and how they work, then The Corporate Executive Board would be an excellent place to start your career.

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United Talent Agency - If you've always wanted to be a talent agent, then you need to check out United Talent Agency and their entry level Agent Training Program.

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FactSet Research Systems - FactSet focuses their College Recruiting on Consulting and Engineering, but that doesn't mean that they don't have entry level opportunities in other areas.

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Simon & Schuster - If you’re intrigued by what Simon & Schuster is doing to maintain (or improve) their position in the trade publishing industry, then check out their Jobs page.

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Disaster Accountability Project - If you’re passionate about how our government deals with disasters, then you should get involved with the Disaster Accountability Project.

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MCG - If you're quantitatively minded and looking to work in an innovative and entrepreneurial environment, then you should consider a job at MCG in Providence, RI.

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