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Explore the following careers in the field of Law:

  • Corporate Practice
  • Federal Government
  • Judicial Clerkships
  • Politics
  • Private Practice
  • Public Interest Law
  • Teaching
  • State & Local Government
  • Patent & Copyright Law
  • Energy Law, Natural Resources, & Environmental Law
  • Financial Planning, Investment Banking, Estate Planning
  • Legal Publishing / Journalism
  • Law Firm Administration
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Law Librarianship

General Information:

  • Students interested in attending law school may choose any major of interest. Some undergraduate majors can help prepare students for a particular area of law, e.g., a B.S. in environmental science for a career in environmental law.
  • Develop strong research and writing skills. Enhance communication skills through public speaking courses, debate team or Toast Masters (a public speaking organization).
  • Maintain a high G.P.A. to increase chances of gaining admission to law school.
  • Join Phi Alpha Delta professional association.
  • Find part-time jobs or internships in law firms or government agencies to reality test your interest in law and to gain relevant experience.
  • Prepare for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) which is required by all law schools.
  • Secure strong personal recommendations from professors.
  • Participate in mock trial, student government, student judiciary boards and other related organizations.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Editorial assistance and additional information provided by The University of Tennessee College of Law. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA Employer.

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