Careers in law

Exploring Law Schools

Law School and Career Research Websites:

  • The American Bar Association’s Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools offers a comprehensive guide to all ABA-approved law schools in the United States and U.S. territories.
  • The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) offers a searchable database of all ABA-approved law schools. 
  • The Boston College On-Line Law School Locator can help you identify schools where your scores and grades are most competitive for admission and help you gauge your chance of admission at a particular school. The chart is useful in evaluating law school choices but cannot determine where you should or should not apply.
  • The Law School Transparency is a nonprofit that provides a searchable database designed to help prospective law students make informed decisions when choosing a law school. 
Exploring Career Paths

Litigation

Litigators focus on dispute resolution. Litigators can be generalists, or can specialize in areas such as:

  • employment law
  • intellectual property
  • personal injury
  • criminal law

Transactional

Transactional attorneys work with numerous law topics, including:

  • contracts
  • corporate formation
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • taxes
  • real estate
  • wills and trusts

Public Practice

Attorneys in public practice typically work for the government or for a public agency. The practice ranges from criminal prosecution or defense to managing deals.

Corporate Practice

Commonly known as in-house counsel, corporate attorneys manage a broad range of issues. Typically, in-house attorneys start with a law firm.

Paralegal

This position does not require a law degree, but you need specific training. Paralegals work for law firms and do substantive legal work, including research and writing. 

Other opportunities include the FBI, education, and management.