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butterfly16

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Family Law

Post by butterfly16 » Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:55 am

I am thinking of going into family law after law school, but I want to try an experience at some sort of boutique/midsize firm, or large firm. Does anyone know how to find lists of firms that specialize in family law? Are some more well known than others? Are there any midsize/larger firms that have substantive family law practices?

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Re: Family Law

Post by The Lsat Airbender » Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:48 am

Family law is inherently a small-firm game. Much more important to get into an associate/apprentice role in the community you want to practice in long-term, and build connections while getting substantive work, than to get the "Susman of family law" (which I doubt is a thing anyway) on your resume.

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Re: Family Law

Post by papermateflair » Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:16 am

The closest thing to family law I can think of in big law would be a trusts and estates practice. Some of that will translate over to a family practice (some family law work involves wills, probate, etc.), but that's not going to be a direct translation (since big law T&E work involves a lot of complicated tax issues, and isn't what most family law clients will need). But I wouldn't go into T&E if I wanted to do family law. You're better off going to a smaller firm. Does your local bar have a family law lunch group? May be worth getting involved in that, so that you can start forming connections.

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