Area

Employer


Area:

Private Practice

Sub-Area:
  • Counsel
  • Administration
  • Librarianship
Employers:
  • Large multi-office firms
  • Medium-size firms
  • Small firms
  • Sole practitioners
  • Legal clinics
  • Other private legal services

Area:

Corporate Law

Sub-Area:
  • In-House Counsel:
    • Transactional
    • Litigatory
  • Private Practice
Employers:
  • Any large corporation (largest number of attorneys are at corporate headquarters)
  • Law firms with corporate law and related business practice areas

Area:

Public Interest Law

Sub-Area:
  • Counsel
  • Legal Aid Services
  • Public Defense
  • Civil Rights Law
Employers:
  • Legal Services Corporation
  • Legal aid societies
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Public defender offices
  • Private groups
  • Nonprofit and public interest organizations, e.g. ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Law firms practicing public interest law

Area:

Federal Government

Sub-Area:
  • Counsel
Employers:
  • Most government branches have legal counsel; some of the largest employers of lawyers are:
    • Department of Justice
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Central Intelligence Agency
    • Federal Trade Commission
    • Internal Revenue Service
    • Securities and Exchange Commission
    • Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps for all branches of the military

Area:

Federal Government

Sub-Area:
  • Judicial Clerkships
Employers:
  • Federal courts of appeal and district court (trial) judges and magistrates
  • Bankruptcy and administrative law judges
  • State courts of appeal and trial level judges
  • Federal and state court clerkships for collective judges in a court

Area:

State and Local Government

Sub-Area:
  • Criminal Prosecution
  • Civil Law
  • Public Defense
Employers:
  • District Attorney's Office
  • Attorney General's Office
  • State agencies, commissions, boards, executive and legislative office staff
  • Local agencies and commissions
  • City and county law offices

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:
  • Teaching
  • Student Affairs (Law Schools and General Schools)
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Pre-Law Advising
  • Law Librarianship
  • General Counsel
Employers:
  • Law schools including departments of:
    • Career Planning and Development
    • Admissions
    • Student Services
  • Law libraries
  • Business schools
  • Undergraduate departments of History and Political
  • Science
  • Paralegal schools
  • Universities and colleges including:
    • Judicial Affairs Office
    • Dean of Students
    • Human Resources

Area:

Patent, Copyright, Intellectual Property Law

Sub-Area:
Employers:
  • Law firms (specialized)
  • Corporations
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Area:

Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Banking

Sub-Area:
Employers:
  • Bank trust departments
  • Brokerage firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Development offices for preparatory schools, hospitals, and universities

Area:

Energy Law, Natural Resources and Environmental Law

Sub-Area:
Employers:
  • Law firms
  • Corporations
  • Federal agencies, especially Department of Energy
  • Environmental compliance services companies
  • State agencies
  • Regulatory commissions
  • Advocacy organizations

Area:

Family and Juvenile Law

Sub-Area:
Employers:
  • Private practice
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations

Area:

Health Law

Sub-Area:
Employers:
  • Law firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Government agencies

Area:

International Law

Sub-Area:
  • Public
  • Private
Employers:
  • Governments
  • International organizations
  • United Nations
  • World Bank
  • Private firms
  • Large corporations

Area:

Politics

Sub-Area:
  • Lobbying/Government Relations
  • Elected Office
Employers:
  • Corporations
  • Trade and professional associations
  • Political action committees
  • Law firms
  • Public interest advocacy groups

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