Any success stories from people who switched practice areas?

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Any success stories from people who switched practice areas?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:04 pm

Feeling depressed at work, and want to switch practice areas. Don't feel like my particular skillset matches where I'm at, and don't see myself growing. Anyone have any success stories in which they were bad in one practice area, and then switched to find success/happiness? Don't really want to hear stories about switching out of law entirely since I want to stay in law, but whatever I'd be down to hear it if it's a good one.

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Re: Any success stories from people who switched practice areas?

Postby deadpanic » Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:09 pm

Also curious about this. In particular, anyone make the transition from civil -> criminal?

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Re: Any success stories from people who switched practice areas?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:16 pm

I work with a few people who made the civil -> criminal switch. Mostly they went biglaw -> AUSA, so it can be done. At least one used clerking to make the transition, one had interned at the USAO while in law school, and two worked as unpaid AUSAs for a while (sorry - I know that's not cheering). As to the others, I don't know whether they did criminal pro bono or had enough trial experience to jump or just had really compelling arguments or what, but it is possible.




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