What is a practice area?
A practice area is the area of law in which an attorney primarily focuses their career. This is the area of expertise or specialty for an attorney. For example, employment law, corporate law, or criminal law are each practice areas. A practice setting describes the organization in which an attorney works.
How do you learn a new area of law?
How To Really Learn A New Area of the Law
- Don’t Sell Yourself Short or Long.
- Seek Out Legal Mentors Like A Missile.
- Read The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything Fast by Josh Kauffman.
- Find Great Resources and Study Them.
- Develop a ‘Can Do’ Attitude.
Can you switch legal fields?
The short answer to this question is “yes.” With a willingness to learn about an entirely new area of law, you can change to the legal practice area of your choice. Changing legal practice areas is doable, but it’s a significant undertaking. Make sure this is a path you want to take before you start.
What should you know about selecting your practice area?
Choose the right practice area, and you are best positioned to enjoy job security, career satisfaction, and overall long-term success. Choose incorrectly, and you will likely face a continual struggle for professional fulfillment.
What should be your practice area in law?
It can be difficult to gain exposure to corporate law during law school; if you felt that traditional law school curriculum never really comported with your interests or personality, or allowed you to think like a business person, corporate/transactional law may be your ideal practice area.
Which is the default practice area for law school graduates?
Litigation: because law schools groom litigators, civil litigation tends to be the default practice area for the bulk of law school graduates. This has resulted in an abundance of litigators in every major city. In other words, supply is high. Although most law firms have litigation departments, the supply still outpaces hiring demand.