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Paul V.’s Answer
Paul V. recommends the following next steps:
In my case, I started off with a paid internship in a government agency, which led to a paid part-time role while I completed my university studies. Through this, I was exposed to many different areas of law, including commercial contracts, negligence, health and safety, administrative law, prosecutions and regulatory policy. I eventually found myself doing more work in freedom of information and data privacy, and this eventually became my specialty.
If you're still studying, my advice is to get internships or part-time employment in the areas that you might be interested in. These are great opportunities to see how a law firm, NGO, company or government department works, how different areas of the law might apply in those contexts and what the actual 'work' looks like on a day-to-day basis. Take the chance to talk to lawyers and other professionals and really understand what they do, what they like and don't like about their work and how it aligns with your own interests and expectations.
If you've just graduated from law school and in your first role, you should take a few years to just try different practice areas, get as much experience as you can and experiment with your interests before you really start settling in an area of specialty, which tends to be around the 5-10 year mark after graduation.
Don't feel that you have to find or commit to a specialism until at least you've tried it or given other areas a try.
I´m a lawyer and this question I made to myself thousands of times since I entered to law school, but in my experience I could tell you that it's all a matter of learning and getting to know the different specialties that exist as you go, now a days It may be that from this moment there is some branch of law that may catch your attention but it may happen that at the end of the degree and since you studied all the subjects related to it, they do not attract as much attention as before.
Today this profession adapts to new technologies and therefore incorporates new fields of study, what you can do is do an investigation of the different law schools that interest you, consult the study plan that each one has and see which one. It attracts your attention, you can do an investigation of the different branches of law that exist in your country and see which one best suits your interests.
From my experience I can tell you that I have dedicated myself to 3 different ones, such as administrative law when I worked in an office, financial and securities law when worked in a bank and currently I am dedicated to corporate law when working in a private company, so this is a matter of trying a little of each one.
I hope this can work for you and clarify your doubts.