Learn About Law Careers

Materials in the CDC Resource Library

  • Career Opportunities in Law and the Legal Industry, by Susan Echaore-McDavid
    A complete guide to more than 80 careers in law and the legal industry. Includes detailed position descriptions, details on salaries, special skills and requirements, and advancement prospects.
  • Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers, by Gary Munneke
    It guides you through choosing these careers, what skills your law background offers, and how to conduct a job search. The nonlegal fields include business, government service, information technology, publishing, education, and entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Should You Really Be a Lawyer?, by Deborah Schneider
    Helps prospective students assess whether law school is right for them, law students clarify uncertainty and opportunities with their degree, and current lawyers decide whether a legal, law-related or nonlegal job is suitable.
  • Alternative Careers for Lawyers, by Hillary Mantis
    Deciding whether to change careers or just switch jobs, choosing which new careers to pursue, retailoring your resume for nonlegal fields, networking, interviewing, furthering you education, and more.

Online Resources

  • Vault Career Library
    Free access to Vault publications provided by the CDC, using your Stanford email address. Vault Guide to Corporate Law Careers and Vault Guide to Litigation Law Careers PDF books. Scroll on first page and see more law career descriptions.
  • Law Industry, Vault
    Descriptions of various law fields such as corporate, criminal, and social justice
  • Lawyer, from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Discusses the nature of the work, working conditions, job outlook, earnings and qualifications. Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Law Careers and Industry Profile
    Overview of what it’s like to be in the field of law, from WetFeet press
  • American Society of International Law - Careers
    This site lists resources for various types of international law
  • HG.org
    Worldwide legal directories with additional legal career information

Networking and Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
    Provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. Also check out their career section
  • Equal Justice Works
    Provides leadership to ensure a sustainable pipeline of talented and trained lawyers involved in public service. Includes summer programs, fellowships, and resources.
  • National Federation of Paralegal Associations
    Includes a definition of paralegals and resources
  • NALA
    Provides current information about the profession, continuing education materials and seminars, networking opportunities, professional certification programs, occupational survey findings and manuals to help paralegals excel in the workplace

Job and Internship Listings

  • HG.org
    Job listings in law. Articles on careers in law and resume tips in the Career Center section.
  • LAT Job Bank
    Paralegal and other legal assistant job listings from across the U.S.
  • Lawjobs.com
    Extensive law related job listings including paralegal and administrative work.
  • Martindale.com
    Find a lawyer by location, firm, etc. Legal careers section.