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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 nalp.org 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

Courses

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!

 

Pre-Law Events in October & November 2022

The events below were specially planned for MIT students and alumni. Some of the events were planned in collaboration with other Pre-Law offices. Attending events with Admissions officers, such as the Georgetown, Harvard, and Berkeley events are a great way …

By Tianna Ransom
Tianna Ransom Assistant Director, Career Exploration
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IAP Micro-internships are in Handshake – Apply now!

Looking for a short-term project or internship over IAP? Consider a micro-internship! Build skills, connect with employers and explore a career path. Check out these micro-internships:   

Program Manager with Intune @ Microsoft 
Climate Engineering and Sustainability @ Transsolar Inc. 
Goddard Space Flight …

By Tavi Sookhoo
Tavi Sookhoo Assistant Director, Career Prototypes
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Exploring emerging topics in artificial intelligence policy

The second AI Policy Forum Symposium convened global stakeholders across sectors to discuss critical policy questions in artificial intelligence.

By Terri Park | MIT Schwarzman College of Computing | June 28, 2022

Members of the public sector, private sector, and academia convened …

By Libby Doucet
Libby Doucet Assistant Director, Career Advising and Training
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The Texas Undergraduate Law Journal is accepting submissions for its Fall 2022 Issue.

By Juliette Draper

If you are a pre-law student or have an interest in legal scholarship, consider submitting a law-related article to the Texas Undergraduate Law Journal. TULJ accepts research articles, senior thesis, school essays, or any other original works that focus on …

By Tianna Ransom
Tianna Ransom Assistant Director, Career Exploration
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Exploring careers? Start with the Career Exploration Series!

CAPD is coordinating the second annual, institute-wide Career Exploration Series that begins on September 12th and runs through IAP! 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.   

Visit the events page …

By Tianna Ransom
Tianna Ransom Assistant Director, Career Exploration
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