Careers in Law

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Career opportunities for law school graduates are many and varied. Many graduates start their own law practices, either as sole practitioners or in partnership with others. Other graduates enter into practice employed by private law firms or work for business entities that have in-house counsel. Others work for public interest law firms or non-profit organizations. Still others work as attorneys for federal, state, or local governmental agencies in varied capacities, such as public prosecutors, public defenders, or agency department counsel. Some work for legislative bodies and others for courts. Many law graduates go on to careers in government, business, and the nonprofit sector that do not involve the practice of law. Some graduates go into politics. Below are links to two sites where you can get information about career paths available to law graduates.

Forbes Magazine, Nine Jobs You Can Do with a Law Degree
U.S. New and World Report, 5 Unique Career Paths for Law School Grads