Trade associations are non-profit, voluntary and cooperative professional organizations. Organizations can include professional societies, scientific and technical learned societies and foundations. They can also include political action committees.
Trade and professional associations employ attorneys, but positions are generally difficult to find and geared more toward senior attorneys. However, there are intern/law clerk positions available for students during the summer or school year. Some of the most popular places students work include the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Many association attorneys perform lobbying, legislative and regulatory law functions.