Careers in lawExploring 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.
Explore the many career paths available when you have a
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,
- corporate formation
- mergers and acquisitions
- real estate
- wills and trusts
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.
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.