Working on Wall Street, in small and solo practices, and in the nonprofit sector, Rutgers Law graduates serve in the U.S. Senate, on the New Jersey Supreme Court, and as corporate counsel to the Fortune 500. While the professional paths for Rutgers Law graduates are wide-ranging, a single attitude prevails among them: winning, determined, without an ounce of entitlement.
Exploring career options and finding a path that fits is a critical part of the job search process. Research practice settings and areas through:
- summer and school-year positions;
- pro bono opportunities and externships;
- talking to professors and alumni;
- attending professional development programs and practice panels;
- joining bar associations and participating in the mentor programs.
- Private Sector
- Public Sector/Public Interest
- Judicial Clerkships
- JD Advantage
Our alumni can choose to work for law firms, business, industry, or other private sector jobs. Large firms (75 or more attorneys) typically have offices in several locations, and handle a range of practice areas, with attorneys assigned to specific roles for corporate or large organization clients. Medium-sized law firms (25 to about 75 attorneys) focus on a few practice areas, but associates have more flexible roles. Small law firms (solo practitioners to 25 attorneys) work for a range of clients and associates. Lawyers may also serve as 'in-house' counsel, working directly for a corporation, business, nonprofit organization, or other entity. Many in-house attorneys are generalists, working on a variety of different legal matters.
Rutgers Law School alumni hold various positions within government on the federal, state, and local levels. Career Development will share with current students what opportunities are available through the Rutgers Law School Public Interest Hiring and Public Interest Updates.
With more than 400 New Jersey clerkships available each year, Rutgers Law has one of the largest proportions of graduates working in clerkships with judges at the state and local levels.
Earning a law degree is an intellectual experience that will forever impact your critical thinking skills and professional life. While the decision to enroll in law school should be based on some degree of interest in the practice of law, a legal education can also develop opportunities for success within a multitude of careers.
JD advantage careers can include: legal publishing, court administration, law library services, and legal education as well as financial services, human resources, politics and legislative affairs, and insurance/risk management.
While Rutgers is ranked #15 by American Lawyer for feeding big law partnerships, traditional firms are just one major pathway for our alumni’s professional success.