Attorneys typically focus on one or two areas of law, often with the goal of becoming an expert in their chosen practice area. It is a good idea to learn about the various types of law practice well before you decide to submit law school applications. Educating yourself in this area should be part of your career exploration process. Talking to the right type of attorney at the start cuts down on a lot of time and missteps.
Law schools are not yet requiring students to declare a major but the sooner law students make this informed decision which matches their preferences to existing demand and take classes in said major and gain experience in that major, the sooner more opportunities will open up for new lawyers according to their interests.
Many attorneys initially choose one practice area over another by default: simply, it is the best job they get after some search during law school. Sometimes, the condition of the legal market forces them to choose a particular practice area. Legal practice encompasses many diverse practice settings, including large, medium, and small law firms; government agencies at the federal, state and local levels; civil legal services organizations; public interest law firms; public defender offices; prosecutors offices; and law reform/policy organizations.
Here, you’ll find information about the following areas of law:
Antitrust law (or competition law)
Civil law or common law
Employee benefits law (ERISA)
Health care law
Intellectual property law
|Land use & zoning law
Oil & gas law
Product liability litigation
Real estate law
Securities law / Capital markets law
Trusts & estates law