Law is another one of the most popular and sought-after career pathways for graduates to take after finishing university. 

Although it is a career that is very rewarding and gives you the opportunity to earn a high salary, it does also require a specific skill set and commitment to be successful. It is also a job that you will need to train and work towards for several years, which may sound discouraging but will be worth it in the end!

A career in law has many benefits that other jobs may not have. It is a career path that leaves a lot of options and is broad in the various roles available in it. But apart from the career benefits, there are so many great things about doing law! For example, you can make a real difference in other people’s lives, and directly make an impact on issues in society like discrimination and human rights. You’ll be helping other people too, and have your work help those who don’t have your skills.

Not to mention, with a law degree, international students will gain the experience and qualifications that enable them to boost their employability when looking for jobs in the US. The skills you develop mean that you can interpret and analyse information, and develop logical thinking and communication competently and with self-assurance.  This article will be focused on the role of a lawyer, their earning potential, and the recommended employers to help you get there after your degree.

JOURNALISM - IS IT FOR ME?

Journalists are, as you’ve most likely heard of before, people who write stories for newspapers and magazines. They may write about sports, politics, fashion, culture or business – the specific niche depends on the type of publication you work for. In this job, reporters normally write stories on the topics they are assigned and then pass them over to the editors and sub-editors. You might also have to join in on editing and designing the layout if it’s a smaller team.  

You'll need to have a lot of creativity and imagination in writing stories that will attract your audience and inform them. Many people follow this route, and it can be a very rewarding and fulfilling career as you’ll see the impact you have on the world every day. 

Some of the responsibilities they have been researching, writing and editing a story, ensuring grammar and accuracy, carrying out interviews and coming up with ideas for stories. There are currently many jobs that are taking in graduates and young people looking for a way to start out their career in this route, but journalism also has a lot of popular internships that offer experience too that you should definitely consider.  

ULTIMATE EARNING POTENTIAL FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE US

Position in Career  Associated Salary (US)  
Entry Level 
To start out your career as a journalist it may be useful to have a bachelor’s degree. More than that, you’ll need some experience, confidence and resilience to not give up in the beginning of this tough career path. 
$27,000 
Experienced Senior Level 
Getting a degree in law, English, journalism or another relevant degree is however highly advantageous. Many experienced senior journalists even have a postgraduate degree too. Journalism is a very competitive career path, so it’s strongly recommended to have been trained or have formal qualifications. 
$41,000 
Editor-in-chief 
An editor-in-chief will have years of experience and the confidence to undertake managerial positions in a company. They will be responsible for major decisions that will affect publications. 
$77,000 


TOP 10 EMPLOYERS

  1. The New York Times 
  2. Vox Media, LLC 
  3. Univision communications  
  4. Guardian News & Media 
  5. Northeastern University 
  6. The Washington Post 
  7. Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution 
  8. Rowland Publishing 
  9. Heluna Health 
  10. Hearst Media Services 

There are obviously more roles you can take on as well with a law degree in the US, so don’t worry if you change your mind about a career path as a lawyer. Employers will nearly always consider any international graduate with a degree and appropriate skills that they develop from it.

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