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why choose corporate law?

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:45 pm
by pros
hi folks,

I'm interested in law school, have interned in a court and read a fair amount here and on other sites about admissions and the legal profession. I'd really only be interested in litigation, but i don't really understand the draw to corporate law.

i understand the work needs to be done, but why wouldn't you just work in business or finance and actually be making the deals instead of writing/reviewing them? A friend of mine who graduated from a top b school said all the JD/mba student just go work in banking or pe, so why would someone not interested in litigating or some other aspect really unique to law go to law school?

Re: why choose corporate law?

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:26 pm
by cavalier1138
I'm just going to settle in for this one...

Re: why choose corporate law?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:28 pm
by coskigirl
Corporate law is more than just writing/reviewing deals. Especially if you're in-house. Not everyone wants to be out making deals. Or litigating. Thankfully.

Re: why choose corporate law?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:47 pm
by SFSpartan
This should be fun...

Edit: The answer to your actual question is probably a bit different for everyone. For me, it boils down to a couple things: (a) salaries are high up front, and the drop off in salary for corporate lawyers leaving big (or in my case, boutique) firms seems to be less than for litigators; (b) litigation and corporate are both adversarial, but in different ways - I find corporate to be more palatable; (c) it seems easier to move in-house, and, for someone in an EC/VC practice like myself, the incentive-based comp is extremely attractive; and (d) I really love working with technical founders and helping them translate their technically sound ideas into profitable businesses.