Top Jobs for Lawyers & Attorneys

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If you went to law school or are pursuing a career in this field, there are many different job opportunities for you! The field of law is more diverse and broad than people think, which means there are more jobs and paths to pursue in this industry than you may realize. Depending on what type of law you want to go into, or how much work and schooling you are willing to do (or already have done) there are many great, well-paying jobs to consider in the field of law.

If you’re looking to jump-start your career in law, or make a change to a position that better tailors to your work-life balance schedule, here are a few top jobs for lawyers that are hiring now. Plus, check out our guide on lawyer career paths, job prospects, skills and more!

1. Corporate Counsel

What they do: Responsible for performing and supervising legal work for various corporate matters.

Average Salary: $143, 307

Companies hiring: Trace3, Ambry Genetics, PM Recruits, Watton Law Group, Uline, Kodak Alaris, The Wine Group LLC, Clark Construction Group, First Midwest Bank & more.

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2. Paralegal

What they do: A great way to get started in law, a paralegal assist lawyers by conduction fact-checking and historical research.

Average Salary: $53, 743

Companies hiring: Kaplan & Company LLP, Petkoff & Feigelson PLLC, Mayerson & Associates, Bouchard Baker, PC, Clark, Werner & Flynn, Gucciardo Law Firm, PLLC, Parnall Law Firm, Law Offices of Kobrick & Moccia, & more.

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3. Law Librarian

What they do: Conducts research in public records, legislative history and organization of legal codes.

Average Salary: $57, 135

Companies hiring: Maricopa County Arizona, U.S. Federal Government, Tazewell County, NM Admin Office of the Court, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Davis Wright Tremaine & more.

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4. Legal Editor

What they do: Edits and vets legal documents.

Average Salary: $63, 500

Companies hiring: Bloomberg BNA, ThinkHR, YouGov, MDRC, Ivalua, Fragomen Worldwide, MathWorks, Thomson Reuters, Grassroots Cannabis & more.

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5. Tax Attorney

What they do: Represents corporations or an individual dealing with federal, state or local tax agencies.

Average Salary: $133, 580

Companies hiring: Bomar Law Firm LLC, Avitus Group, Eide Bailly, KLR, D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP, Tanner LLC, Lucas Horsfall Murphy & Pindroh, & more.

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6. Real Estate Attorney

What they do: Represent clients regarding commercial or residential real estate.

Average Salary: $119, 403

Companies hiring: Noor Staffing Group, MEP Business Counsel, PM Recruits, SBM Management Services, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Executive Placement Partners & more.

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7. Legal Recruiter

What they do: Operates as a human resource professional recruiter to help others land a job in the law field or help staff lawyers for a firm or business.

Average Salary: $51, 349

Companies hiring: Kirkland and Ellis, Thompson Coburn, The Forum Group, Davis Companies, InCloud Counsel, Gresham Smith, Cozen O’Connor, Acumen, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys & more.

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8. Family Law Attorney

What they do: A broad field but can include working with family issues such as custody arrangements, adoption and divorce.

Average Salary: 57, 105

Companies hiring: Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor, Law Offices of Rosario Bacon Billingsley, PM Recruits, Camaur Crampton Family Law, Salgado & Associates, Antonyan Miranda LLP & more.

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