The delivery of legal services is a complex process that typically requires teams of skilled professionals to provide quality and cost-effective service. As a result, the legal field offers many jobs encompassing a diverse range of skills, experience, and education. Due to the multiplicity of law, professionals in this field also benefit from career opportunities in private, nonprofit, and government/public sectors. In this section, you will also learn more about the work of lawyers and how they work just about everywhere — law firms, private business, government, public interest organizations, the judiciary and academia.

Notes about pre-law internships: Law schools do not expect applicants to have had any previous legal employment, nor do they generally give any preference to applicants who have had legal internships. If you decide to do a legal internship, you should do it for the other personal benefits, not because you think it will help you get into law school.

There tend to be the most legal internships for undergraduates in government agencies and nonprofits. For information on congressional internships, make sure to search representatives’ or senators’ websites. There are a small number of corporate legal departments that have formal internship programs, but it is extremely rare for large law firms to hire undergraduates as interns. Small law firms sometimes hire undergraduates as interns, although these internships often go to those with an existing connection to the firm. 

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