Monday, April 14, 2008

But Do You Really Want BigLaw?

For those exiting law school and thinking of a career in white collar crime, the question always is - where to go.  One place to try for is the Department of Justice.  The Honors Program offers one highly competitive route.  But there are also many agencies that provide avenues for a career in white collar crime.  For example, the FBI here (check our their summer internship program here) investigates many white collar activities.  State prosecutors in some cases are starting white collar sections to handle cases like consumer fraud type matters. And of course there is the Attorney General's Office - just ask New York AG Andrew Cuomo what he is doing (see here).

Another route - the law firms.  There are many small criminal defense firms throughout the country that specialize in white collar crime.  There are also firms that handle many different types of matters and also take some white collar cases.  Finally there are large firms with groups that handle "special matters" or white collar crime.

Don't forget the corporate avenue, in that many corporations are needing to deal with compliance programs and making certain that the corporation is not charged with any criminal offenses.

Some may prefer to take the route of BigLaw, but it is important to note that this is not the only route to handling white collar crime matters.  The National Law Journal posts today a listing of where students go from different law schools.  But although the article places BigLaw in the first slot of its table, one shouldn't always think of this route as the only way to enter the white collar crime law arena.

Obviously, the one way you most definitely want to avoid in entering the world of white collar crime is as the criminal defendant.


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