No matter what people want to pursue during their higher education path, something everyone should consider is what they want to do once they graduate and obtain their degrees. Most people think that law students have one clear path: becoming a lawyer. Legal matters are in every aspect of modern life, however, which opens many doors for law students beyond practicing law in court. 

No matter the career path law students decide to take, there’s one educational path that each person in the United States must follow to become involved in the legal profession. Each law student must complete their Bachelor’s degree in whatever field they wish. Studying law at the undergraduate level isn’t a requirement, though most future law students pursue degrees in English, business, political science, economics, journalism, or philosophy. Students must then pass the LSAT and get into law school so they can obtain their Juris Doctorate degree. 

Once they have their JD degree and enter the ABA to practice law in the United States, the number of career opportunities is numerous. Generally, there are two broad categories that legal graduates can work in: courtroom careers and law firm careers. People can also use their law degrees in non-law careers.


 If working in a law firm isn’t interesting, law graduates can look to the courtroom and spend their time managing court. They can become a court administrator, court reporter or stenographer, court interpreter, judge, jury consultants, legal reporters, and much more. No matter which path they pursue in the courtroom, they are ultimately responsible for making sure that the court runs smoothly from the entryway to the judges themselves.

 Law Firm

Several types of law firms are available for legal graduates to work at. There are large and small firms, private and public, and individual and corporate firms. Community legal clinics, legal aid firms, and legal startups typically provide legal counsel and other services in specific areas of law, offering opportunities in the specific fields they operate in. Meanwhile, large legal companies employ dozens of lawyers in several different specializations. The work is typically distributed between the transactional and litigation departments. Large legal firms also employ paralegals, HR specialists, administrative staff, and librarians.


Suppose those two branches aren’t of interest. In that case, law graduates can work as law teachers, instruct a legal trainee program, become career advisors with a law school, write for magazines and journals focusing on legal matters, and much more. Outside of the legal field, JD degrees can be put to use in communications, entertainment, business, politics, research, reporting, auditing, and enforcement.