Cornell University

Law Careers

Thinking about a career in law? A law degree can lead to a rewarding legal career in which you can effect social change, set legal precedent, and make a positive impact on the lives of people. It can also lead to a wide range of fields within business, government, higher education, and communications, among other areas.

Before applying to law school, however, it is essential to consider your options carefully. The realities of working in the legal profession should be fully explored and both advantages and disadvantages evaluated before reaching a decision to pursue a law degree.

Cornell Career Services offers many excellent programs to help students learn more about careers in law and applying to law school. Plan to attend Cornell's annual Law School Day. Also take advantage of an excellent panel discussion with visiting admissions deans from law schools around the country held in conjunction with Law School Day. Topics to be discussed include what schools look for in personal statements, whom to ask for letters of recommendation, how to determine where to apply, and more. Check Events regularly to learn about other programs.