Loyola University Chicago

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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. 

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Our website also has sections devoted to jobs in GovernmentPublic Interest and Law Firms – these are generally considered practice settings, rather than practice areas

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.

Information Gathering Step 2: Talk