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by Vault Law Editors | February 26, 2024


Antitrust attorneys help companies navigate competition issues created by organic growth or acquisition under national and international laws and regulations. Read Q&As from attorneys at top-ranked antitrust practices on the Vault Law Resource Center for Antitrust to learn more about the kinds of deals and clients antitrust attorneys encounter, what a “typical day” is like as an antitrust attorney, and more. Those attorneys also share recommended classes to take during law school, valuable skills and experiences to gain before graduating law school, and potential career paths for antitrust attorneys, which we’ve listed out below.

Recommended Classes

  • Antitrust/Trade Regulation
  • Legal Research & Writing
  • Civil Procedure
  • Competition Law
  • Economics
  • Evidence
  • Negotiations​

Valuable Skills & Experiences

  • Strong writing skills
  • Legal research skills
  • Oral advocacy skills
  • Journal experience
  • Moot court experience
  • Clerkship experience
  • Ability to translate economics concepts into plain language

Career Paths

  • Law firm practice
  • Government lawyer - DOJ Antitrust Division or FTC Competition Sections
  • In-house competition counsel, particularly at large, public companies
  • Nonprofit competition and consumer protection public interest and advocacy organizations
  • Research and other academic positions in economic and competition areas

For more antitrust law firms, check out the Antitrust Resource Center and Vault’s top-ranked firms for antitrust.