5 Factors to Consider Before Pursuing a Law Career

5 Factors to Consider Before Pursuing a Law Career
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    Where do you want to work after law school?

    How do you determine where to work and what firms aren’t suitable for you?

    Once you are out of graduate school and especially after passing your bar examinations, you should have already determined where to work.


If you haven’t, and if you need advice on where your career should start, then you should read the consideration below:

Area of practice

The first thing that you should consider when looking to pursue a career in a specific law firm is to look for a firm that offers legal services in the area you are interested in. There are various areas of law that one can work in, but you should work in an area you are most interested in and good at.

You can practice corporate law, personal injury law, which can include representation for work related injuries or products liability law etc. Once you have an area of practice in mind, then you will be able to select the best law firm to work at.


Is the law firm reputable? Will you be able to grow in the firm? A law firm’s name is its brand. How the name is known and what the law firm is known for should push you to the firm or away from it.
It is always advisable to pick a law firm with positive future prospects and a big name. You should also remember that getting into these firms will be a challenge and you have to prove your worth and professional abilities.

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Culture of the law firm

Even after determining your preferred practice area, you will still have to get more information. The personality or the culture of the firm is an important factor that will guide you when looking for a law firm to pursue your career in.
A culture inculcated in a law firm determines how cases are handled, how attorneys are expected to work, tolerated behavior, and the autonomy of associates. Is the firm’s culture in line with your values or your professional goals?

Your strengths and weaknesses

You have to know yourself. Do your values fit into the culture? Your strengths and weaknesses will help you know where you are comfortable. Your driving force, personality, style of working etc. are personal qualities that will guide you when choosing the best place to pursue your career in the legal industry.

A career in a big legal firm may not be your best option if you are a poor team player, or uncomfortable in crowds, and taking rules.

Your lifestyle, salary, and responsibilities

If you are a mother or an individual with other responsibilities out of work, then you’ll have to keep this in mind before your career. Flexible or inflexible working hours may jeopardize your life.

To maintain a work-life balance, go for a law firm with flexible hours or one that allows you to work around your schedule. The pay should also sustain your lifestyle and the responsibilities on your shoulders.

In conclusion, the best law firm to pursue your career at should be the best for you. The location of the firm or the contract structure should also guide you.

Author Bio
James Rutherford is a recruiter and talent development officer at a leading law firm. He also practices products liability law. You can read more about making claims for defective products on his website.

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