ChampagnePapi wrote:Sealocust, would you recommend people opt for the transactional route just for better job security? I would prefer litigation (at this time) but I also don't want to be SOL when it comes to exit options.
I'd argue that might be strategically smart, yes. Litigation is undergoing a sea change right now - its model is being flip turned upside down in a way that's operating independently of the general economic cycle.
If you're good at what you do and work hard, you can (and will be able to) have a great career in either though. And transactional can be much more limiting - New York is where it's at, plus a few other hubs. And there basically is not such thing as a small/boutique corporate transactional firm, while there are many in litigation, which is worth keeping in mind.
Master Tofu wrote:Makes sense. Do you see yourself practicing in the same area of law 10 years from now? In other words, are you happy because you've found a career in law or is it you're happy with where you currently are relative to the alternatives?
10 years? I don't have a 10-day
plan much less a 10 year one. I dig on it, but I'm trying to be open to serendipity and the flow of the universe. I could be a barrista in 10 years, I could be a partner, I could be a jailhouse lawyer... I really don't know. But this (broadly speaking, I had amorphous goals starting law school too) is where I wanted to land afterward, at least for the near term.