Begin to gather information about practice areas and settings by reading everything you can get your hands on about the practice of law. A little reading will go a long way to introduce you to what is out there – to help you understand each area of practice just enough to ask questions that will let you learn more.
- Chambers Associate - Practice Area Summaries
- BCG Attorney Search - Quick Reference Guide to Legal Practice Areas
- Major Linsey & Africe - Law Firm Practice Area Summary
- Banking & Finance
- Child Law
- Entertainment & Sports
- Intellectual Property
- Labor & Employment
- Real Estate
- Trusts & Estates
Practice settings and practice areas overlap – for instance, in the area of criminal law, there are government jobs as prosecutors, public interest positions defending those accused of crimes who cannot afford counsel, as well as criminal defense private law firms – three different practice settings in the area of criminal law. As you research, think not only about what areas of law sound interesting, but also what practice settings are most attractive to you.
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