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Career Resources: Getting Started: Researching Legal Employers

This Research Guide provides career resources including tips on building a résumé, how to prepare for an interview, where to find an internship and many books located in the Career Resources Section of the Research Center.

Researching the Firm

Firm Website and Social Media
Your first step should be to look up the firm website. You will find information about practice areas, office locations, client base, current attorneys working at the firm, and press releases. By looking at what the firm promotes and publishes on public sites you will gain a greater understanding of some of the firm values.
NALP Directory 
Provides information about law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations, and corporations. Includes lawyer demographics, practice areas, compensation and benefits, and diversity and inclusion practices of firms throughout the US.
Vault.com
The free portions of this website contain rankings of firms by things like practice area, best firms to work for, and best summer associate programs. Also contains information from past and current employees, overview of the firm’s salary, and the diversity and pro bono reports.
Florida Trend Magazine
Use the search to look up a firm or attorney and read about major cases, current legal issues, and lists of Florida Legal Leaders and Up & Comers.

 

Research Practice Areas

HG.org
This website is meant for users trying to select an attorney to hire, but the summaries of the type of work lawyers do in different practice areas is helpful for a broad understanding of various topics. HG.org lists descriptions of practice areas and sub-specialties and the main issues that come up in the everyday practice of law. To find the practice area descriptions, go to the “By Areas of Law” tab on the homepage and choose a topic under “Learn about the Law.”
Major, Lindsey & Africa Practice Area Summary
This report of practice areas contains short descriptions of the types of clients that attorneys may represent, locations where you may practice, a summary of the typical day-to-day work, and reasons why attorneys may like or dislike practicing this type of law. To find the report, type “Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Practice Area Summary” in a search engine and download a PDF.

Before the Interview: Researching Legal Employers

Research the Attorneys

Westlaw Litigation Analytics
Look up briefs, court filings, law review articles, and information about attorneys and judges. Search by name, firm or organization name, practice area, geographic area, or you can find FSU alumni if you use “Florida State University” as a keyword. Find Litigation Analytics on your Westlaw homepage.​
LexisAdvance Attorney and Judge Directories & Litigation Profile Suite
Allows you to search for individual attorneys or judges and includes links to briefs, court filings, news stories, and law journal articles. Directories are located under Content Type on the main LexisAdvance homepage and the Litigation Profile Suite is under the dropdown on the top left of the homepage by “Lexis Advance Research.”
BloombergLaw
The People Search tool includes information about attorneys and other individuals involved in business and finance, and corporate counsel. You can search by name, age, education, organization, and geographic area. People Search provides career and educational history and links to news stories that mention that person. Find People Search under the “Business Development Center” at the bottom of the Bloomberg Law homepage”
Martindale.com
Martindale can be used to search for lawyers or firms and provides a short summary of areas of practice, background, peer reviews, client reviews and Martindale-Hubbel’s lawyer rankings.

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