How did you decided what type of law you wanted to practice?
I've been thinking a lot about what type of law I want to practice when I'm older, and it's been really hard for me to choose one (or even my top 5) type of law. It just feels like there are so many types of law I could do, and I have no clue how lawyers figure out which type they like the most. How did you choose the type of law you do now? And what types of law did/do you enjoy practicing?
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The area of law you choose may have less to do with how much personal satisfaction you get from your job than your work environment. I’ve always found that who I work with, and how much autonomy I have, at a job was far more important in determining how much I enjoyed my job than the actual practice of it. One of the best ways to get a handle on your professional path is to understand your personal desires. For example, where you want to live, lifestyle, family and numerous other factors are really important to think about. Make sure your professional choices do not create irreconcilable conflicts with your personal needs.
Different people thrive in different types of work environments, so think about what you need Amanda.
John recommends the following next steps:
I began my career as a litigator at a large law firm, but after a few years I decided that litigation was not for me and so I switched and became a regulatory lawyer for financial services clients. Along the way I got a smattering of other types of experiences as well (in bankruptcy, real estate, securities litigation, etc.). I then move from the US into various in-house positions overseas, and got broad experience in regulatory work, compliance, anti-money laundering, internal investigations and general corporate in-house matters. I have circled back around and have started working on both regulatory and litigation matters now.
As a young lawyer you should try to get as broad an experience as possible, and remain flexible. It is very common for your career to change and evolve over the years, and the law you 'specialize' in is something that happens without design for most people. You cannot plan for it or predict it before you actually begin practicing law, and it is driven by the opportunities you will find for different types of work throughout your career.
Good luck, and keep asking good questions.