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Law School

MIT alumni have attended law schools all over the United States including Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, University of Chicago, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, and many more! Some alumni decide to enroll in law school immediately after MIT while others decide to take a break or work before beginning law school. The best time for you to go to law school is when you feel ready.

Join the MIT Pre-Law Society to connect with other students interested in law school. The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has everything you need from exploring law programs of interest, taking the LSAT, and applying to law school. AccessLex provides financial and academic resources that help prospective and current law students get into law school.

Career Paths and Job Titles

There are a number of employment options for you to explore if you’re interested in a law career. Some options include private practice, business, judicial clerkship, government and military, public interest, and education. Go to to see employment and salary outcomes for careers in these areas of the law.

Companies that MIT alumni work at include Wolf Greenfield, Morgan Lewis, and Ropes & Gray. Some MIT alumni enter these companies after completing a JD. Others either start at a company after MIT and earn their law degrees while working, or work for a few years and then enroll in law school full time.

These graduates’ job titles include:

  • Patent Attorney or Patent Agent
  • Associate Attorney
  • Technical Advisor
  • Law Clerk
  • Professor of Practice
  • Partner or Founder
  • Director


What course is best for someone interested in a career in law? The course you are most interested in! Pick the course that you are most excited about, even if it’s a STEM course. There is a growing need for people to work in the intersection of law and technology, so lawyers with a STEM background are at an advantage in these fields. Some of these areas include intellectual property, privacy, cybersecurity, biotech and life sciences, corporations and startups, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and cleantech and energy.

MIT alumni who have gone onto a career in law have majored in:

  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Aero Astro
  • Physics
  • And others!


October Pre-Law Events & Resources

University of Houston Law Center Symposium, Law Fair, and Summer Program
Diversity Pre-Law Symposium & Law School Admissions Fair on October 16 & October 23, 2021
Pre-Law Pipeline Program Application Period for Summer 2022 opens October 15, 2021
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Exploring careers? Check out the Career Exploration Series

This fall, CAPD is happy to announce an institute-wide Career Exploration Series that begins on September 13th and runs through November! This series is a collaboration between MIT departments, programs, employers, and alumni to help all students learn about the different career and graduate/professional school options available to you.   

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The laws of physics and the physics of law

Obiageli Nwodoh ’21 repurposed her STEM skills to pave a pre-law path at MIT and pursue social justice.

Read the full article on MIT News.

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