Career Exploration & Professional Development
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
— Zig Ziglar, Author and Motivational Speaker
Career planning can be confusing and overwhelming. And exciting and inspiring. Our career planning approach is simple - we believe that each student needs to consider their individual interests, values, skills and motivators as a first step towards a satisfying career. Only then can you meaningfully explore the practice of law. Through web-based resources, career programs, your law school coursework, networking, and trying out several different practice settings and subject areas during law school, you will gain the knowledge and confidence to make an informed decision about your best fit career path. Explore the Self-Assessment and Professional Development section for resources to help you begin this discovery.
The information and resources in the Career Exploration section will help you learn about the variety of work that can be accomplished with a law degree.
Explore the Private Sector Settings and Public Sector Settings sections to learn about some typical environments in which attorneys practice, such as large, medium, and small law firms, government, non-profit and public interest, academia, in-house counsel, and more. Many Georgetown graduates begin their legal careers by clerking for a judge, participating in a government honors program or a post-graduate fellowship in a non-profit organization. To highlight these unique opportunities, please review the section on judicial clerkships, post-graduate fellowships, and government honors programs.
Within traditional practice settings, attorneys work in diverse subject areas ranging from corporate law and bankruptcy to appellate litigation and environmental law. In the Practice Areas section you will find a list of almost 40 different subject area pages, providing a brief description of the practice area, helpful background resources, and representative public and private sector employers.