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Corporate Careers

Over the last several years, nearly 10 percent of UT Law graduates have accepted legal jobs with businesses or corporations. The main difference between practicing law as an in-house counsel at a private company and practicing law at a firm is that lawyers working in-house service only one client—the corporation. These positions can offer the challenges of private law firm practice without the pressures of meeting the billable hour requirements of law firms. New lawyers with a strong interest in the business side of law are often drawn to these types of positions because of the substance of the work, the work setting, and the potential for acting in the dual capacity of lawyer and businessperson. Many corporations, though, prefer to hire attorneys with several years of legal experience rather than recent graduates. It is common for a corporation to hire attorneys who have already worked on their matters at a law firm.

Here is a list of corporations by state, as well as international countries, which hired UT Law students for summer internships as reported by students during 2009-12.