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by Vault Law Editors | April 13, 2024


Bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys work with the creditors and debtors of businesses that are confronting financial difficulties, aiding them in navigating bankruptcy litigation or out-of-court restructurings. Read Q&As from attorneys at top-ranked firms on the Vault Law Resource Center for Bankruptcy / Restructuring to learn more about the kinds of cases bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys encounter, what a “typical day” is like in this practice, 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 bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys, which we’ve listed out below.

Recommended Classes

  • Corporations
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Financial Transactions
  • Business Bankruptcy
  • Debtors’ & Creditors’ Rights
  • Tax

Valuable Skills & Experiences

  • Strong writing skills
  • Oral advocacy skills
  • Moot court experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask
  • Organizational skills
  • Journal experience
  • Negotiation skills

Career Paths

  • Law firm practice (BigLaw or specialty)
  • Bankruptcy Court clerk or judge
  • Investment bank restructuring group
  • Restructuring advisory firm
  • U.S. Trustee at the DOJ

 For more firms with bankruptcy and restructuring practices, check out the Bankruptcy / Restructuring Resource Center and Vault’s top-ranked firms for bankruptcy/restructuring.