Help of those in LS/practicing Lawyers: Types of Law

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Help of those in LS/practicing Lawyers: Types of Law

Postby things fall apart » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:18 am

I'll try this again after previously being thwarted in my attempt to learn more about law.

Currently a 0L who works for a legal institution, however, can anyone explain or point out a place to explain different avenues in law I could go into or should look [proactively] into as a 0L.

I know it depends on what my school specializes in/what classes interest me blah blah, but I want to know what different types of law I can go into outside of big law.

I'm aware of the ambiguity this question has inviting a snarky response but outside of Litigation and "International" Law which areas should can people attest to? I know, as an absolute, I do not want to touch family law or anything related, but I feel so out-of-touch with niche type laws that aren't as well know (Labor law, insurance defense, etc) and I've been getting self conscious constantly hearing "what type of law do you want to do" to which I answer litigation or "international" :lol: law.

Saving your smart*** responses can anyone summarize some lesser known(to a 0L) areas of law or point me to somewhere I can look into different types with explanations and career paths?

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Re: Help of those in LS/practicing Lawyers: Types of Law

Postby fundamentallybroken » Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:01 pm

I have started answering this question simply with "RICO law." When the asker inevitably says, "Oh, so you want to work for the feds?" I stare at them blankly for a few seconds before answering, "No. The defense side of RICO."

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Re: Help of those in LS/practicing Lawyers: Types of Law

Postby mrtoren » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:21 pm

The catch-all is usually Business/Corporate and there a lot of MidLaw firms that specialize in this area if you are adverse to BigLaw. Otherwise there are plenty of other specialties like Criminal, Health, Immigration, Labor, Securities, Tax, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property, etc. However, keep in mind that the more unique or unusual the specialty, the less opportunities there will be to find work it in. You'll have the easiest time finding a job in criminal or business law due to their shear size, but IP is in short-supply if you have the necessary background to get into it.

Just google some of the above specialties, read up on them, and see if you any of them.

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Re: Help of those in LS/practicing Lawyers: Types of Law

Postby Chupavida » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:33 pm

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Re: Help of those in LS/practicing Lawyers: Types of Law

Postby NYC Law » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:34 pm

http://www.chambers-associate.com/Pract ... -Summaries

ETA: I guess this is specifically for biglaw, but I'm guessing this still applies for what you're getting at. Just look at specialized boutiques that perform the same functions as biglaw departments.

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Postby Chupavida » Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:02 pm

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Re: Help of those in LS/practicing Lawyers: Types of Law

Postby fatduck » Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:05 pm

the first two posts in this thread are an amazing collision of terrible question and terrible answer

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Re: Help of those in LS/practicing Lawyers: Types of Law

Postby fundamentallybroken » Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:54 pm

fatduck wrote:the first two posts in this thread are an amazing collision of terrible question and terrible answer


You know what they say - ask a terrible question...

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Re: Help of those in LS/practicing Lawyers: Types of Law

Postby kalvano » Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:24 pm

fundamentallybroken wrote:I have started answering this question simply with "RICO law." When the asker inevitably says, "Oh, so you want to work for the feds?" I stare at them blankly for a few seconds before answering, "No. The defense side of RICO."



I've started answering the "what type of law do you want to practice" question with "maritime law". When they ask what that is, I tell them it's pirate defense.

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Re: Help of those in LS/practicing Lawyers: Types of Law

Postby crit_racer » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:53 pm

There are types of law that biglaw doesn't do. They don't do a lot of criminal (except white collar stuff) and they don't do family. You can always just do simple probate or something as well. These are all relatively low-brow fields. Do you speak Spanish? Immigration...

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Re: Help of those in LS/practicing Lawyers: Types of Law

Postby things fall apart » Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:19 am

fundamentallybroken wrote:
fatduck wrote:the first two posts in this thread are an amazing collision of terrible question and terrible answer


You know what they say - ask a terrible question...


I asked about the different areas of law more obscure from an outsiders perspective...terrible question or you're a flaming douche ?




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