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by Vault Law Editors | April 13, 2024


Finance attorneys work on transactions involving lines of credit, loans, restructurings, and structured financings, usually for either the lender or borrow side. Read Q&As from attorneys at top-ranked firms on the Vault Law Resource Center for Banking & Financial Services to learn more about the kinds of cases finance attorneys encounter, what a “typical day” is like as a finance 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 banking & financial services attorneys, which we’ve listed out below.

Recommended Classes

  • Corporations
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Financial Transactions
  • Secured Transactions
  • Corporate Finance/Economics
  • Tax

Valuable Skills & Experiences

  • Clear and concise writing
  • A basic understanding of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Careful drafting
  • Analytical skills
  • Legal research skills
  • The ability to analyze the application of law and regulations to new fact patterns

Career Paths

  • Law firm practice
  • In-house at a private lender or equity fund
  • In-house at a bank

For more firms with banking & financial services practices, check out the Banking & Financial Services Resource Center and Vault’s top-ranked firms for banking & financial services.