How to figure out which practice area to focus on?

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How to figure out which practice area to focus on?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:41 am

I will be attending one of CCN in the fall and obviously want to get the ball rolling on landing a job ASAP. My work experience is as follows:

4 busy seasons of audit at a big4 accounting firm, left as a senior associate (quit)
CPA
Series 7 and 66 licenses (both inactive due to me not working in the industry anymore)

My question is, is there a biglaw practice area that values audit experience more than other areas? I was thinking tax would make sense, but since my CPA experience is all in audit, will that matter for landing a tax position?

Also, I am a URM (MA) if that factors in.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: How to figure out which practice area to focus on?

Postby Renzo » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:06 pm

I don't know that there's a practice area where experience as an auditor is directly relevant, but it's tangentially relevant to lots of areas of corporate law. And, it's real, serious work experience in a bona fide business environment, and that counts for a lot.

Rather than trying to figure out in which area of law your background will get you a job; instead explore practice areas, decide what you like, and then rehearse explaining how your past experience is relevant (trust me, something you did is relevant no matter what you pick).




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