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Law (Pre)
Law (Pre)
Career Opportunities and Work Life

According to Lake Michigan College pre-law program coordinator Dr. Gary Roberts, the benefit of studying pre-law is that "it will enhance the student's economic, political, and social background, the student's speaking and writing abilities, and it will enhance the student's analytical skills."

Pre-law study is a good foundation for multiple career paths, including:

  • Paralegal
  • Legal assistant
  • Civil service

A law degree also prepares you for careers in:

  • Government
  • Business
  • Education

Work Environment
Careers utilizing a pre-law degree are found in law, education, business, and government. Every career path will demand different working hours and conditions.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, three out of four lawyers practice privately, either as partners in law firms or in solo practices. For those lawyers in private practice, irregular work hours can be expected while conducting research, meeting with clients, or preparing court documents.

Federal judges are appointed by Federal agencies, and often have lifetime tenure. Some State judges are appointed, but most are elected in State elections. Local judges are often elected and serve a range of renewable terms.

Employment Outlook
Growth can be seen among many areas of law. The U.S. Department of Labor expects the employment of lawyers to grow 10 percent nationally by 2020, yet with keen competition.  Paralegals and legal assistants are becoming even more useful to business as they continue to perform a wider variety of tasks. Respectively, paralegal and legal assistant jobs are expected to increase 28 percent nationally by 2020, and in Michigan they are expected to grow 18 percent.

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