Doctors, lawyers, and CEOs: for years, these were the primary career fields listed when asked what someone could do with a liberal arts degree. It’s true that those who do well in college often have these career paths in mind when finishing their degrees. In fact, students will often simply pick one of the three without doing much soul searching to determine whether or not it is the correct path for them. This has been particularly true in the field of law.
So many students find law school as an easy and respected choice that they never examine what it means to be a lawyer. Consequently, there are many unhappy lawyers out there in the workplace. I’m Michelle Shaw, the pre-law advisor, and I would strongly urge you to come chat with me about your interest in law and reasons for going to law school.
Law & Advocacy Resources
- Pre-Law Guide
Information about LSAT, LSAC, the law school application process and much more.
- FinAid.org provides information on financing your graduate school career and also provides a scholarship search feature.
- Northeast Association of Pre-law Advisors has a link to a list of schools offering need based and non-need based scholarships.
- LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell lawyers.com
Research definitions of law practice areas. Also links to law articles.
- Law firms in Martindale directory.
- Attorney directory from Martindale allows you to search profiles of more than one million legal professionals worldwide. Search and/or browse for firms and lawyers by name, practice area, and geographic area.
- The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) is dedicated to facilitating legal career counseling and planning, recruitment and retention, and the professional development of law students and lawyers.
- American Bar Association - The Mission of the American Bar Association is to be the national representative of the legal profession, serving the public and the profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law. Search here for information about the Public Services summer internship.
- Lawjobs.com Career Center - news, jobs, career advice, resources, seminars, "Inside Scoop", salary surveys, useful links.
- Law Jobs: By the Numbers - this website allows you to compare law school employment rate using preset and personalized values.
- Internships USA
- National Federation of Paralegal Associations - The career site of the national Federation of Paralegal Associates. Job listings by state, career talk, resources, paralegal directory, directory of recruiters, and more.
- USA Jobs - Department of Justice Agency Search. Career opportunities with the U.S. Department of Justice and its offices, boards, and divisions.
- American Civil Liberties Union Internship Program - The internship program is designed to expose interns to legal aspects of public interest work.
- Williams College Legal Studies Program
- Williams College Pre-Law Society
Law Diversity Resources
- Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Database, recently unveiled, allows you to compare law firms by diversity criteria (demographic group, attorney category, and firm answers to qualitative questions). See how firms measure up regarding diveristy initiatives that they have set in place.
- The National Women’s Law Center mission is to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives.
- The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is a national organization designed to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Black law students.
- NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund offers several scholarships to African American students pursuing legal careers.
- The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, non-profit, national association representing the interest of over 25,000 Hispanic American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students in the United States and Puerto Rico.
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) provides resources and scholarship awards to law students who support MALDEF' mission to advance the civil rights of Latino communities through the legal profession.
- The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students, providing a national network for its members and affiliates.
- Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) uses litigation, advocacy, education and organizing to secure human rights.
- Law School Admission Council's discover law program encourages racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed. LSAC's DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) programs are targeted, but not restricted, to college students from racial and ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the legal profession. The programs are designed for students in the first two years of college, and preference will be given to students who have signed up for the discovery program.
- Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) offers the The CLEO College Scholars Program. Its purpose is to identify, motivate and prepare students for a career in the legal profession. The College Scholars program aims to help low-income, minority and otherwise disadvantaged students become competitive law school applicants. Committed students can learn how to successfully navigate the law school admission process and underwrite their success in law school by participating in the College Scholars program.
- ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity has information about scholarships and other opportunities.
- Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) is dedicated to diversity in the legal profession and provides programs, workshops and other events on the law school admission process.
- Pre-Law Guide