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Exploring law

The field of law comprises many specializations and work environments. A Juris Doctor can lead to a wide range of law-related careers. Some attorneys work in traditional settings such as law firms and in the judiciary while others work in corporate, government and nonprofit sectors.

Law can open many doors and lead to a wide variety of career opportunities, and it’s important to know there are significant differences in career choices. Starting salaries can range from less than $45,000 a year to more than $190,000 per year depending on the type of law practiced. Repayment of law school loans can affect a graduate's career choice and should be a factor in determining the right fit.

Consider what he American Bar Association cites as core skills and values necessary for success in the legal profession:

  • Analytic and problem-solving skills
  • Critical reading skills
  • Writing skills
  • Oral communication and listening abilities
  • General research skills
  • Task organization and management skills
  • Public service and promotion of justice