Loyola University Chicago

Career Services

School of Law

Ten Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Choosing A Practice Area

The legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa has developed a really useful presentation called “Ten Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Choosing A Practice Area.”  We have the materials from this presentation in our office, and encourage you to review them and discuss them with your Career Services counselor as you work on identifying areas of the law that interest you. 

The presentation suggests some areas of law to look into, based on your answers to the following questions:

  1. What do you like to deal with?  People, Things, Ideas or Money/Business?
  2. Do you want to create or enable?
  3. Do you mind facing moral conundrums in your practice?
  4. Do you want to be the expert or a generalist?
  5. Do you prefer to analyze gray areas or have concrete answers?
  6. Who do you want to help and how?
  7. Do you mind dealing with emotionally charged situations?
  8. What relationship do you want to have with your clients?
  9. Are you comfortable with an adversarial practice?
  10. How important is a predictable schedule? 

Just stop by our office on the 13th Floor to pick up the materials from this excellent presentation.

 Another excellent tool our office offers to students is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator