Choosing a Law Specialty: Who Are You and What Do You Want

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Graduation season is upon us. And as some college students graduate, thinking of their law school futures, and as some law students graduate, thinking of new careers, they all have one thought in common. After they have walked the stage, taken off the mortarboard and started to pack up their small apartments and drive off to meet their futures, they all wonder:
The hard choice of choosing a legal career and what to become of it

Am I doing the right thing?

It is even possible that, well after graduation, this same thought is occurring to young attorneys in their first jobs out of law school; or even to older attorneys at a crossroads in the middle of their careers. These days, it is extremely rare, in fact, for an American to choose one job when he or she is 25 years old or so, and stay in it throughout an entire career.

This question of what to do, and whether it's the best thing to do, can be vexing, preoccupying, and difficult to decide.

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