Exploring Law Careers

Why Law?

As you consider a career in law, it can be helpful to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do you value most?
  • Why do you find law school compelling?
  • Do you have the time, money and sustained interest to complete law school?
  • What types of law might you be interested in?
  • How familiar are you with different law careers?
  • Is a J.D. required for the career paths you are interested in?

Experiential Learning

Experiencing a career field or work environment first-hand allows you to affirm or challenge your interests, gain new insight, and make professional connections. Considering using a break period to job shadow, intern, or volunteer within the legal field.

Develop Your Skillset

  • Consider the most sought after and needed skills according to the American Bar Association:
    • Problem solving
    • Critical reading
    • Writing and editing
    • Oral communication and listening
    • Research
    • Organization and management
    • Public service and promotion of justice
    • Relationship building and collaboration
    • Background knowledge
    • Exposure to the law
  • Join a student organization to build skills and connect with students who share your interest, such as Mock Trial

Law Career Resources