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Cornell University

Law School

Thinking about a career in law? A law degree can lead to a rewarding legal career in which you can effect social change, set legal precedent, and make a positive impact on the lives of people. It can also lead to a wide range of fields within business, government, higher education, and communications, among other areas.

Before applying to law school, however, it is essential to consider your options carefully. The realities of working in the legal profession should be fully explored and both advantages and disadvantages evaluated before reaching a decision to pursue a law degree. Cornell Career Services offers many excellent programs to help students and alumni learn more about careers in law and applying to law school. The Pre-Law Module in the Cornell Career Services Career Development Toolkit can help you determine whether a career in law is right for you, aid you in preparing as an undergraduate for legal study, and assist you in applying to law school. It’s designed to help you at each step of the process by providing accurate and up-to-date information.

Plan to attend Cornell's annual Law School Fair each fall semester (see Handshake for more details). Also, take advantage of workshops and panel discussions covering a variety of topics related to the pre-law journey and application to law school.