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Law school affords its graduates many different career opportunities, not all related to legal practice. Students who graduate from law school find employment in a variety of fields:

  • private practice
  • judicial clerks
  • government
  • business
  • military
  • public interest industries
  • academia

In addition, there are many specialty areas within law, including, but not limited to:

  • civil rights
  • corporate and securities
  • criminal
  • education
  • labor and employment
  • environmental and natural resources
  • family and juvenile
  • health
  • immigration
  • intellectual property
  • international
  • real estate
  • sports and entertainment
  • tax

Internships and Related Opportunities

Students are encouraged to explore their interest in law by seeking out experiences that will broaden their exposure to the legal profession and community. Students should visit the Henry Pre-Law Center, as well as the Center for Career Exploration and Success to learn more.

Some pre-law opportunities include:

Council on Legal Education Opportunity

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), a non-profit project of the American Bar Association, offers a College Scholars Program aimed to identify, motivate and prepare students for a career in the legal profession. The College Scholars program is designed to help low-income, minority and otherwise disadvantaged students become competitive law school applicants through various seminars throughout different parts of the country.

Inside Washington

The Inside Washington program gives students the opportunity to meet the movers and shakers of Washington D.C. and intern in an environment only the nation's capital can provide. The program focuses on topics in Political Science, Communications, and Journalism.

Professional Institute for Management Education (PRIME)

Miami's Professional Institute for Management Education is a 4-week, in-residence summer program designed to introduce non-business majors to fundamental concepts in business. Taught by faculty in the nationally-ranked Farmer School of Business, PRIME students will develop an integrated knowledge of how business works, strengthen their networking and career search skills, and apply these new skills while working on a project for a business client.

Sidley Prelaw Scholars

The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program is designed to increase diversity in law schools and within the legal profession by helping racially diverse, high-performing college students offset the high costs of LSAT preparation classes and admissions applications. Components of the program include:

  • coaching on how to complete a successful law school application
  • scholarship assistance for the senior year of college
  • pre-law school seminar instruction on the structure of the American legal system, as well as an introduction to the substance of the required common law first-year courses