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Career Resources — Legal

Industry Overview

The field of law analyzes and interprets laws and regulations. Attending an ABA accredited law school to obtain the Juris Doctorate degree and passing a state bar exam is required to practice law in a state within the United States. The most common career path for law students is to practice law within a law firm or to clerk for a judge (1 or 2 years usually) in order to learn specific practice areas of law. Although the skills gained through law school are transferrable to many other career areas, if you are uncertain about practicing law, then it’s wise to consider other types of graduate schools that specialize in the career area of specific interest to you. If you are considering law, explore the field through information interviews with attorneys practicing different types of law in diverse work environments and/or working full-time as a legal assistant in a law firm after graduation.

Under Industry and Professions, see the Law Industry overview and Best Law Firms to Work For; under Guides, see Career Guide to Law and Career Launcher: Law

O*Net provides a detailed analysis of tasks, environments, salary, skills, etc. necessary for jobs related to the legal industry. For the legal sector, required skills include:

List of over 260 practice areas of law with full scope definition of the practice area