Different Areas of Practicing Law

Different Areas of Practicing Law
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    Even though law school itself may be a few years down the road, it doesn't hurt to start thinking about just which area you may like to focus on in the coming years.


It’s far from a one-size-fits-all business: a tax attorney, a trial lawyer, and any other specialist you can name all require different skills and personalities to thrive in their respective fields. As you start planning for your future and the grueling years ahead, look over some of the different areas of practicing law and see whether you can find the area that fits you best.

Criminal Law

Arguably getting the most attention from our entertainment industry, prosecutors and defenders in the criminal justice system do not necessarily enjoy all the glamour that show business may suggest. However, life without criminal law is unthinkable, and our legal system relies heavily upon the many attorneys who often toil outside the spotlight to protect the rights of the people.

Family Law

Though divorce and the pitched battles that can ensue get the most attention, family lawyers handle a host of domestic issues. Family law also covers adoptions and the many legal challenges that a successful adoption can involve.

A family lawyer will help clients draft a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement to protect assets in case of a separation. And if issues with child support or custody arise in the wake of a divorce, a family lawyer will assist in that respect as well.

Immigration Law

As both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, the intersection thereof is a natural space for lawyers to practice. Immigration law concerns visas, deportations, and the granting of asylum. An immigration lawyer may also help his or her client attain American citizenship.

Intellectual Property Law

The concept of intellectual property, or IP, is necessary for preserving innovations and creativity in our marketplace. Intellectual property encompasses everything from logos and slogans to works of literature, music, and art. A restaurant owner’s secret family recipe for fried chicken may even count as his intellectual property.

But attempted theft of intellectual property is rampant, particularly overseas, and skilled lawyers must vigorously protect creators’ ideas from those who would attempt to profit from them. IP lawyers handle patents, copyrights, trademarks, and licenses, and must occasionally go to court as part of protecting them.

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Tax Law

The United States tax code is notoriously elaborate, so much so that everyone from laypeople to experienced business owners often hire dedicated tax lawyers to navigate the ever-evolving labyrinth of the Internal Revenue Code.

Unlike criminal law or litigation, no one has ever mistaken tax law for a glamour profession, but a good and honest tax lawyer will find their work in high demand. One of the more overlooked of the different areas of practicing law, it could nevertheless prove among the most lucrative.

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