Deciding where to start your legal practice is an important decision. Bar exam considerations aside, different cities and regions offer different options when it comes to practice areas and settings.
The pages below will help you explore the nine most popular markets for Georgetown Law graduates in recent years. Each page provides:
- a brief description of the city’s legal market,
- information about currently “hot” practice areas,
- suggested resources, and
- a list of the area’s largest law firms
Don’t see your preferred city listed? Check out the National Law Journal’s “350 Regional Report: The Top US and International Markets” or our Long Distance Job Search Handouts.
Atlanta is a growing market, home to some of the nation's largest and most recognizable companies. Transactional work dominates the legal landscape in this southern city.
As one of the northeast's research hubs, Boston is rich is technology and biotech work and the venture capital and private equity firms that fund it.
The nation's largest state has two distinct legal markets, centered in Los Angeles and in the Bay Area. Transactional practices are hot and work is largely driven by tech companies, real estate, and the entertainment industry.
The economic and cultural capital of the Midwest, Chicago has a diversified and vibrant economy that drives the nation's third-largest legal market. Large Fortune 1000 companies, a growing tech sector, and an important financial market drive the work here.
Unlike its neighbor, New Jersey's primary practice is litigation. The market's relatively diverse work includes general commercial, environmental, insurance, labor/employment, and intellectual property matters.
The nation's financial center is also its largest legal market. While you can do anything in New York, much of the practice is driven by corporate work and all of the firms located in the city have financial institutions as clients.
An established mid-sized legal community, Philadelphia offers opportunities in just about every practice area, and nearly twenty AmLaw 100 firms have offices in the city.
Texas has multiple distinct legal markets, with the two largest centered in Houston and Dallas. Energy plays a big role in the legal work here, but this vibrant market has more to offer than just oil & gas.
As the seat of the federal government, it should come as no surprise that Washington's legal landscape is dominated by litigation and regulatory work. Dig deeper, though, and you'll find a diverse market with opportunities in areas such as government contracts, intellectual property, investigations, and trade.