By Genevieve Antono • July 02, 2017•Ms. JD, Writers in Residence, Careers, Firms and the Private Sector, Other Career Issues, Law School, Pre-Law, Choosing a Career and Landing a Job, •Internships and Clerkships, Other Law School Issues
Although we (obviously) haven't gone to law school yet, people LOVE asking pre-law students this question.
A few years ago, my pre-law self would have smiled politely and shrugged in response. ("I think I like law......??")
It took me a lot of research and introspection to come to my (current) answer, which is: "I'm generally interested in corporate transactional work. I find Funds very interesting, although at some point I also want to explore deal/M&A work."
So what can a pre-law student do to come to a more concrete answer about his/her legal interests? Research, research, research! (1) Google, (2) talking to lawyers, and (3) doing internships are all good ideas.
If you're just starting your research, here are some helpful resources:
- Bloomberg Big Law Business' "Big Law Jargon: A Primer" video:
Practice Area Overviews:
- Chambers Associate's Practice Area Guide
- The Lex 100's Practice Area Guides (UK Website)
- Major, Lindsey & Africa's Law Firm Practice Area Summary (PDF Download)
- BCG Attorney Search’s Quick Reference Guide to Legal Practice Areas
Because of my own interests, this list is admittedly corporate-heavy. Ms. JD readers: If you have public interest resources to share with our pre-law readers, please share them in a comment below!