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What Can I Do with a Law Degree?

Lawyers work in a variety of fields. Lawyers counsel, strategize, solve problems, write, advocate, negotiate, and mediate. Some of the areas they work include, but are not limited to:

  • Private practice in large, mid-size, and small law firms

  • In-house counsel for private businesses

  • Government/Public Service

  • Public Interest

  • Judiciary

  • Academia

  • Non-traditional

Currently, the practice statistics paint the following picture:

  • 75% of American lawyers are in private practice; of these:

    • 62% work as solo practitioners or in offices of five or fewer lawyers

    • 18% work in offices of between six and 50 lawyers

    • 20% work in firms of more than 50 lawyers

  • 7.5% of the profession work for government agencies

  • 8.5% work for private industries and associations as salaried lawyers or as managers

  • 1% work for legal aid or as public defenders

  • 1% work in legal education

  • 2.5% work in the judiciary

  • 4.4% are retired or inactive