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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