Explore Your Career Options
Law is a broad and expansive profession.
With a nearly unlimited number of practice areas and practice settings within the field of law, you should create a strategy to investigate many different paths while simultaneously reflecting on how your interests, skills, and motivators are compatible with your aspirations.
Once you have learned about different fields of interests, use our recommended outside resources to learn more about potential employers in those fields.
Use Symplicity to upload your resume and other application materials and apply for available positions with employers. You can also use it to review firm profiles.
The NALP Directory is a user-friendly, searchable website containing brief firm profiles and contact information, demographics, and primary practice areas for large law firms. The NALP Directory also provides anticipated hiring numbers, compensation for associates, billable hour requirements, and data on partnership patterns.
Each firm’s website contains valuable information regarding its offices, attorneys, practice areas, and other details. At a minimum, before you interview with a firm, you should review its website. Although they are primarily designed to attract business and recruit talented attorneys, firm websites do provide a window into how the firm views itself and how it positions itself in the industry. Pay attention to the number of attorneys in a given practice area or office; browse the “news” or “client alerts” sections to get a better sense of the firm’s priorities. Use the attorney biographies to research your interviewers, to find Georgetown Law alumni, and to get a sense of the firm’s client base and major engagements.
Chambers and Partners
Chambers and Partners provides various guides to the legal profession in the US, the UK, Asia, Latin America and globally. Chambers USA Guide ranks and describes top firms and attorneys by practice area in narrative form for every state in the U.S. Comments are derived from clients of the firms. In addition, the website has Chambers Global Guide and Chambers UK Student Guide.
At Chambers Associate you will find comprehensive information on various practice areas, as well as survey-based information presented in narrative form about a selection of large firms around the country. Search by practice area, geographic location, or firm name. The surveys cover associate life (quality/volume of work; hours; culture), areas of firm expertise, and information including benefits packages and national hiring practices.
Legal500 is a wide-ranging tool that provides information about law firms and legal markets around the globe. Legal500 contains practice area reviews that report on major recent developments in a given field. It also presents qualitative assessments of law firms’ strengths and the names of leading lawyers in various practice areas.
With a focus on litigation practices in the United States, Asia, and Canada, Benchmark Litigation provides tiered rankings and qualitative firm information derived from interviews with litigators and their clients.
Access to Vault is free when you register using your Georgetown email address. Vault profiles and ranks large national law firms, with a heavy emphasis on the prestige of the firm. The Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, contains qualitative information about firms, and Vault publishes other guides that may be useful, such as regional guides and guides to different practice areas.
The American Lawyer publishes an annual Mid-level Associates Survey as well as a Summer Associate Survey, both of which focus on “quality of life” metrics. The Am Law 100 is a ranking based on the financial health and profitability of firms. The American Lawyer also publishes articles regarding the latest happenings in the legal industry, including firm mergers, hot practice areas, and the state of the legal market. Articles pertaining to specific law firms are searchable by firm name. Log in with your Georgetown email/password.
The Bloomberg BNA guides, available from the Georgetown Law Library, contain in-depth research regarding cutting-edge issues in specific areas of the law.
The Internet Financial Law Review publishes guides and rankings that focus on business and financial law. Client interviews generate information about firms and markets from around the globe.
Use the Martindale-Hubbell Advanced Search feature to find Georgetown Law alumni working in certain firms, cities, or practice areas.