Careers in Law

A law degree opens many doors for you, whether you're looking to practise in a law firm or government setting, start a career in social justice, or pursue graduate studies. With the skills and tools you'll acquire during your JD at the Schulich School of Law, any number of the career options listed below are possible.

It's very common to start law school not knowing what area of law you want to study, or where you see yourself working after graduation. The Career Development Office provides one-on-one career counseling to help you decide what you want to do with your law degree.

Be a practising lawyer in:

  • Private law firm
    • Large, full-service
    • Smaller, general practice
    • Boutique, specialization       
  • Government (federal/provincial/municipal)
  • Legal aid clinic/service
  • Corporations
  • Labour unions

Be a non-practising lawyer in:

  • All of the above, but as a paralegal, legal researcher, etc.
  • Law schools (teaching or administration)
  • Bar societies
  • Judiciary/administrative boards & tribunals
  • Legal publishing
  • Mediation & arbitration
  • Policy advisor

Other roles and fields where legal education & training is an asset:

  • Accounting
  • Advisory roles
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship/Start-ups
  • Government relations/lobbying
  • Journalism
  • Law enforcement
  • Legal publishers and research
  • Politics
  • Real Estate
  • Sports & entertainment agent
  • Technology industry