Career Paths

Use your time at Texas Law exploring career options and staying open to opportunities presented to you. Take time to attend our career exploration panels and workshops throughout the year and network with as many legal professionals as possible to learn more about the best career path for you.

Law Firms

A majority of Texas Law graduates began their careers in private practice, going to work for large, midsize, and small law firms. Whether you choose litigation or transactional work, you can undoubtedly find the right practice for you.

Judicial Clerkships

A judicial clerkship allows you to be a part of our judiciary, and ideally develop a mentor in a judge. It is a prestigious postgraduate position and often serves as a springboard to permanent positions with law firms or the public sector.

Judicial Internships

Judicial internships, many of which are available for academic credit, provide an opportunity for you to gain exposure to the judicial process and the inner workings of a court while in law school.

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Working in the government sector at the local, state, or federal level allows you to receive a great amount of responsibility, practical experience, and good benefits, which in turn may offer you a work-life balance.

Public Interest/Public Defense

Working as a public interest advocate or public defender can be an incredibly rewarding career. You can serve the public good through legal service providers, public defender offices, advocacy organizations, and more.


Practicing law as in-house counsel allows you to serve only one client—the corporation. Because of the substance of the work, the work setting, and the potential for acting as both lawyer and businessperson, this could be a great career path to pursue.

J.D. Advantage

Whether you decide to practice law or not, your degree from Texas Law will be of value to you if pursuing a nontraditional career path. Our alums include entrepreneurs, politicians, managers, editors, television producers, and more.

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Becoming a full-time law professor, adjunct or clinical faculty member, writing instructor, or dean can be a rewarding career teaching and mentoring the next generation of lawyers.