The Career in a Law Firm

What does it mean to be a Lawyer in the Private Sector?

The Practice Environment

Categories of Lawyers include: Public Interest, Solo Practice, and the Law Firm. Working with firms is different from government agency work and offers many additional benefits as well. Some include: well-credited colleagues, sophisticated and challenging work, a diverse client base, more resources, larger support staff, and of course, a higher salary and compensation.


Law firms rank among the highest paid practice environments. The median salary of lawyers is $114,300 (data from 2013). Generally lawyers, judges, and management make over $100,000 a year, and even lower levels like paralegals, law clerks, and mediators make between $30,000 and $100,000 per year.

Education and Training

Becoming a Lawyer requires some extensive educational training: (varies by state)

  1. Four Year Undergrad Degree
  2. Three years of law school
  3. Pass the BAR Exam
  4. Pass ethics examination

Yale, Harvard, and Stanford rank in top three of law schools in the counrty