How to Become a Fertility Lawyer

Updated on September 3, 2020

Fertility lawyers are professionals trained in the work of keeping families together.  These attorneys work hard to help in cases of surrogacy, same-sex couples, and frozen embryo adoption to ensure the rightful parents get to keep their children and be legally intelligent with their choices.  If the idea of this job inspires you, there are a few steps, and a lot of education, to undertake to get there.


This period is four years after you’ve graduated high school or received your GED.  In these four years, you’ll study pre-law and take courses that specialize in reproductive law.  The average cost of these courses is twelve to fifty thousand dollars depending on your school and location.  In America, this education and degree aren’t always necessary, but to succeed in your career and go to a better law school, you should consider taking this step.

Law School

This education lasts three years and usually is where students focus most of their debt.  The pressure to get into a better school is high because even if you don’t place well in your class, the degree is gold for your job.  It’s important to consider how much you can afford and not push yourself too far.  If you study hard and place high in a less popular school, you can still get fantastic jobs.  Only 23% of law students say they’re happy with their education afterward.  Don’t let a school, or a price, be why you don’t give it a try- but be aware that you might change your mind on your decision later on.

Masters of Law Degree

After you take and pass the bar exam- many specialized fields of law require you to spend a year to gain a Masters of Law degree.  This degree allows you to further your studies into fertility law so that you’ll be well versed in the legal needs for this job.  Although you’ll continue learning as you work as a lawyer, this twelve-month period is vital for you to gather most of the information you’ll need to succeed in your career.

Specialize In Reproductive Law

To specialize in reproductive law, you’ll need to focus on information regarding adoption, surrogacy, fertilization by unknown sperm donors, and in adopting frozen embryos.  These studies will cover past cases, the local laws of wherever you’re based, and any other information your clients will need so that you can keep their families together.  

In all, this is eight years of education.  Every year of this is vital because a thorough knowledge is needed to ensure that you can defend these families and keep them together.  Law firms needing fertility lawyers to exist in every major city and some smaller ones, so you won’t be short on work and job options.

Focus on getting a great placement in your class and absorbing as much information as possible, and most law firms will be able to overlook smaller or lesser-known colleges.  If you work hard, you can succeed in this career.

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1 thought on “How to Become a Fertility Lawyer”

  1. Thank you for this article, it’s so well written and thoughtful! I’m seriously considering this as a career change now!

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