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Business Legal Consulting

  • Attend an undergraduate institution. Pursue a course of study related to law or business.
  • Pursue internships at law firms or corporations, and join student organizations that are involved with legal or business issues.
  • The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admissions Council, and is offered four times a year in February, June, October and December. The test is required for admission to LSAC-accredited law schools. Register for the test through LSAC.org
  • Accredited schools are listed at LSAC.org. Also look at popular rankings, such as the US News & World Report Law School Rankings, for information about the best schools in different areas of the law.
  • Using course listings and admissions counselors as a reference, make sure that you will have the opportunity to pursue coursework in several areas of corporate law, such as tax law, intellectual property, or employment.
  • This option is available at many universities. Such a program will allow you to complete both programs in a shorter amount of time than usually necessary, and may even provide specific coursework regarding legal guidance in the business world.
  • Check with the career center at your school for opportunities, and attend meetings by law firm recruiters as they visit your school. Internships are the best way to fill summers in between law school semesters. Work in the legal consulting department of a corporation or with a corporate law firm.
  • Most law schools offer legal clinic programs for credit. Joining a law journal may involve a writing competition; check with students at your school. These activities will allow you to become more familiar with current trends in business and legal consulting and to specialize in a specific area of corporate law.
  • Complete courses in business subjects such as accounting or finance. This will make you more attractive to corporations looking for candidates with legal and business experience.
  • Seek employment with companies with whom you have interned or consult your law school career center for job listings.
  • This is required if you will be working as an attorney in a law firm, or if your job with a corporation requires you to be a practicing attorney.
    You will need bar credentials in order to legally represent clients. Bar exam requirements vary by state, but are usually administered 1 to 2 times per year and require a fee. Consult your state bar association for details.
  • Work for a few years in the world of corporate law. Litigate as an associate with a corporate law firm or work within a corporation to learn the typical legal needs of a business.
  • Seek out positions with connections you have made in your previous jobs and through alumni of your law school. Find potential clients for your consulting work by contacting managers through friends or at professional gatherings.