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From BigLaw to In-House Counsel: Navigating your Legal Career Options

Are you interested in pursuing a career in law, but not quite sure what type of lawyer you want to be?


There are a variety of options for lawyers, and it's important to explore all the possibilities before making a decision. In today's post, we're going to take a deep dive into the different types of lawyers that you can become, and the various career paths that are available to you.



Private-practice attorneys are the most common type of lawyer and can include those who work for big corporate law firms. These lawyers handle a wide range of legal issues for their clients, from business transactions to litigation.


Immigration lawyers specialize in helping clients navigate the complex laws and regulations related to immigration. They may work with individuals, families, or corporations to help them obtain visas or achieve legal status in a new country.


International attorneys focus on legal matters that involve multiple countries or jurisdictions. These lawyers may work on international business transactions, human rights issues, or international trade law.


Tax lawyers are experts in tax law and can provide guidance to individuals and businesses on how to comply with tax laws and minimize their tax liability.


Sports and entertainment lawyers work with athletes, entertainers, and other professionals in the sports and entertainment industries to negotiate contracts, handle intellectual property issues, and provide legal representation in disputes.


Administrative or regulatory attorneys specialize in navigating the complex web of government regulations and administrative procedures. They may work with businesses, non-profit organizations, or government agencies to ensure compliance with the law.


Family law and estate law attorneys help individuals and families navigate legal issues related to marriage, divorce, and child custody. Estate planning attorneys help families create documents to distribute assets in the event of incapacitation.


Prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys work within the criminal justice system to represent clients who are accused of crimes. This can include representing juveniles in the juvenile justice system.


In-house counsels work within a company or organization to provide legal guidance and representation on a wide range of legal issues. This can include working for school systems to ensure compliance with education laws and regulations.


Government attorneys work for federal, state, or local government agencies and may specialize in areas such as environmental law, labor law, or civil rights law.


It's important to note that only approximately 18-20% of graduating lawyers end up in BigLaw, and many don't stay for more than 2-3 years before moving on to other pursuits. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for lawyers to explore different career paths and specialize in a variety of legal fields.


Maybe you could be the kind of lawyer who starts in private practice and then transitions to in-house counsel at a company. Or perhaps you start as a criminal defense attorney and later work for a government agency.


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For more information about one of the specializations noted above, check out the following resources:


1. American Bar Association (ABA) - https://www.americanbar.org/

2. American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) - https://www.aila.org/

3. International Bar Association (IBA) - https://www.ibanet.org/

4. National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) - https://www.natptax.com/

5. Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) - https://www.americanbar.org/groups/entertainment_sports_law/

6. Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) - https://www.americanbar.org/groups/administrative_law/

7. American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys - https://www.aaepa.com/

8. National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - https://www.nacdl.org/

9. Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) - https://www.acc.com/

10. National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) - https://www.naag.org/

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