There are many ways to learn about a career in law. The American Bar Association (ABA) offers excellent educational and career resources at its Web site, https://www.americanbar.org/careercenter/. If you’re already in law school, consider becoming a student member of the ABA. Student members receive Student Lawyer, a magazine that contains useful information for aspiring lawyers. Sample articles from the magazine can be read at https://abaforlawstudents.com/stay-informed/student-lawyer-magazine/. The ABA also offers a Before the Bar Blog and The Law Student Podcast.
Read books about law such as The Vault Career Guide to Law, 2nd edition. (Vault.com, 2017). To learn more about private equity, check out Investment Banks, Hedge Funds, and Private Equity, 2nd edition (Academic Press, 2012).
Talk to private equity lawyers about their careers. Performing a keyword search on the Internet will help you find law firms that specialize in PE law. You might also consider contacting the Association of Corporate Counsel and the ABA for help in scheduling an interview.
Private equity lawyers can be generalists or specialize in transactional expertise (leveraged buyouts, distressed debt and equity trading, portfolio company investments and operations, etc.) or specific industries (energy, real estate, technology, life sciences, etc.). Although job responsibilities vary by employer, typical job duties for PE lawyers include: