What you do after law school will depend on a lot of things, where you went to school, your grades and, most importantly what you want the focus of your career to be. If you are interested in working for the government, either as a public defender or prosecutor your best bet is to try to get internships, work on a clinic and otherwise network while you are still in school so that you have some connections when you graduate. Another fantastic choice (which I did) is to get a judicial clerkship. These usually last one or two years and you work full time for a judge. The experience is extremely valuable and even 15 years later I still look back fondly on my time with Judge Lagueux. Because there is so much value in a clerkship, don't be afraid to apply to as many judges as you possibly can, even if you don't wind up clerking where you want to practice, the things that you learn and the connections that you make will be invaluable. For example, I clerked on the Federal Court in Providence Rhode Island but now have my practice in Miami, Florida. The other option is to apply to private firms, this can be done while you are still in school through the OCI (On Campus Interview program), or just on your own by sending around resumes and cover letters. If you can grab a summer associate position you may even graduate with a job already lined up. Unless you have a mentor, like Randolph, I would not recommend opening your own firm, the learning curve is steep, and you are always better off working under supervision until you are comfortable with the practice and have a real understanding of the business, law school most certainly doesn't teach you the business side of things. In conclusion, I guess the one thing I wish I had known was that there is more out there than just going into a clerkship or big law and becoming a litigator, really think about what you want to do, and try to find something that fits your interest, if you find yourself doing what you love and you're good at it, the money will follow.