Instead of looking at the high octane law firms with well-known names — which are in the process of re-examining their staffs — many graduates will have to think corporate and even small time, said Jeremy Paul, dean of Northeastern University School of Law.

“The plum legal jobs in the future will be in big organizations rather than inside big law firms,” Paul explained. “And many of our graduates will start careers in small and solo practices. We’re starting an incubator to help our grads prepare for such careers.”