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Legal Setting: Law Firms


Find Law Firms

Begin your search by identifying law firms of interest. You might have a particular geographic or practice area interest, or perhaps you want to find firms with W&L alumni. The following resources can help you identify firms to which you can then submit application materials.

  • NALP Directory. Search for firms by location, practice area, and recruiting information.
    • Note: If you search by geographic area, your search may not yield all of the firms in that region. If a firm has submitted a multi-office form, it will not appear. In the alternative, you can search by practice area of firm size and then limit by location. 
  • Martindale Hubbell. Searches can be conducted based on practice and geographic area, number of attorneys in a practice, and graduates of W&L.
  • Private Public Interest and Plaintiff's Law Firms. List of firms focusing on plaintiff work.
  • Targeting Plaintiff Law FIrms. Includes list of some Plaintiff law firms, as well as advice to target these firms.
  • Information on finding and applying to small law firms can be found in the small firm guide.
  • Super Lawyers.  Can search by practice area or geographic location to find attorneys in the area of your interest.
  • W&L Geographic Guides. Identify law firms in the following cities: Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, New York City, Richmond, Southern California, and Washington DC.

Job Posting Websites for Summer Positions

Many firms include summer employment information on their website, or post positions with law schools. Thus, few online job boards for law firm summer positions exist. See below for a few additional web resources containing law firm summer postings.

Job Posting Websites for Post-Graduate Positions

Check individual firm websites for available positions, but in addition, you can check some of the resources below, which gather postings from law firms across the country.

  • AHLA Job Bank. Healthcare positions with law firms.
  • Law360. Intellectual property positions in law firms.
  • GoBigLaw. Positions in large law firms across the country
  • Lawjobs.com. Listings for law firms nationwide.
  • Intercollegiate Job Bank (requires password). Includes job listings gathered from various law schools' Symplicity system for internships and post-graduate positions.
  • Lawyers Weekly. Posts positions for Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia.
  • EmplawyerNet (subscription required). Job listings can be searched by area of practice, years of experience, and geographic location.
  • State and Local Bar Associations. Often include a job database for its members. Additionally, if you are a member, you can often receive member contact lists.
  • Law Firm Fellowship Programs. Some law firms offer post-graduate fellowships. These fellowships vary in structure: some allow the fellow to work pro bono at the firm, others pay for the fellow to work in a public interest organization, and some public interest firms hire entry-level associates through fellowships.
  • Heiros Gamos Job Board

Research Firms

Before you submit application documents or interview with a firm, get to know it. The firm’s website can help you learn about the practices, attorneys, and recent developments. Several other resources exist to dig deeper:

Considering Solo Practice?

Resources for Solo & Small Firm Practitioners includes listings of books, articles, and websites of interest to those considering starting a solo practice.

Looking for  Recruiter?

LawCrossing publishes a list of influential recruiters



Note: If you have trouble finding a resource in OCP's library ask us to help you find it; it could be checked out.

Associate Salary Survey, 2010, NALP

America's Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree, Kimm Alayne Walton

Profiles of several large and small firms.

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010)

Ranks law firms by practice area. Includes profiles of major law firms and key partners.

Chambers Associate: The Student's Guide to Law Firms (2010)

Offers an insider's view of large law firms, including information about firm history, culture, major practice areas, training and feedback, and work assignments.

Choosing Small, Choosing Smart: Job Search Strategies for Lawyers in the Small Firm Market, Donna Gerson (2nd ed.)

Small firms are different than other practice environments.  They are harder to find and target for jobs. This book offers advice on the small firm job search.

Directory of Legal Employers, 2010-2011, NALP

Print version of the online NALP Directory.

Directory of Minority-Owned Law Firms, Minority Law Journal (2007)

Guide to Foreign Law Firms, ABA, Section of International Law (5th ed.)

Contact information and practice areas for foreign law firms, organized by country.

Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of your Dreams, 2d Ed., Kimm Alayne Walton

Strategies for both the small and large law firm job search.

How to Start and Build a Law Practice, Jay G. Foonberg, (4th ed.)

Basic primer for planning and growing a law practice.

IFLR1000: Guide to Leading Financial Law Firms (2010)

Profiles of leading law firms, both national and international, in the financial arena.

National Directory of Women-Owned Law Firms and Women Lawyers (The), The National Association of Women Lawyers

Solo by Choice:  How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be, Carolyn Elefant

Starting Salaries:  What New Law Graduates Earn, Class of 2009

Superlawyer Magazine (recent editions available on table outside of OCP)

Profiles top lawyers in regions across the country. This magazine is helpful to research firms/attorneys to apply to.

Vault Career Guides: Top Law Firms - OCP has several Vault Guides to Law Firms. Although the editions are older, they can still offer insight into particular firms.

  • Top Boston & Northeast Law Firms (2006)
  • Top Chicago & Midwest Law Firms (2006)
  • Top 100 Law Firms (2007)
  • Top New York Law Firms, (2d ed., 2006)
  • Top Northern California Law Firms (2d ed. 2007)
  • Top Northwest & Great Plains Law Firms (1st ed. 2007)
  • Top Southern California Law Firms (1st ed. 2005)
  • Top Texas & Southwest Law Firms (2d ed. 2006)