Careers in law

Explore the many career paths available when you have a law degree.

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Private Practice 

There are two paths open to individuals who run a private practice: litigation and transactional.


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 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.


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.