Careers

As the complexity of American society increases, public and private employers have greater need for attorneys and legal assistants. People educated in law serve in a variety of settings: in private practice, as partners or employees of law firms, in private industry, with government agencies, in judicial capacities, and as teachers.

Practicing attorneys are common jobs in the legal world. Luther alumni have earned law degrees from Drake University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Hamline University, Harvard University, New York University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Valparaiso University, Vanderbilt University, among others.

Paralegals also play a large role in the production of law firms. Paralegal education can also serve as an intermediate step toward a law degree. Opportunities for trained legal assistants are growing rapidly in law firms, banks, and corporations. Paralegals work with lawyers, not as legal secretaries, but as colleagues assisting clients with their legal problems. Under attorney supervision, they work in areas such as research and estate transactions. They may also gain experience in corporation formation and trial evidence summarization.

Paralegal programs, approved by the American Bar Association and developed with the National Center of Paralegal Training in New York, are available at a number of colleges and universities. A baccalaureate degree is required for admission to high-quality paralegal courses; these programs are about three months long.