While few businesses hire entry-level attorneys in their capacity as such, many corporations employ interns in their legal departments. The form and structure of these internships vary as greatly as the legal departments themselves. Some in-house legal departments consist of one or two generalist attorneys working with outside counsel to handle all legal matters, while others employ hundreds of attorneys specializing in practice areas including litigation, intellectual property, securities/capital finance, mergers and acquisitions, employment tax, and compliance. No matter the size of the company, business internships can provide excellent experience for students interested in business or private practice.
In addition to seeking work in legal departments, each year a number of Duke students choose to pursue non-legal careers in business. Recent graduates have worked as entrepreneurs, in consulting or finance, as sports or entertainment agents, and trial consultants, and in many other fields.
For more opportunities in business, make and appointment with a Career Center counselor.