Which legal practice area is right for me?
This is undoubtedly the question on the minds of many aspiring solicitors. Law firms typically offer a variety of services across multiple practice areas, but most solicitors will end up working in one particular area or a niche specialism within it.
There are many different practice areas to choose from, but where you end up will depend on a number of factors; notably what experience you gain, what you enjoy and what firm you train at. The degree of control you have over selecting your specialism is also affected by factors including economic supply and demand.
The opportunities available reflect economic strengths and weaknesses. For example, when the property market is booming, this is great news for prospective Property Lawyers and Conveyancers, but on a downturn there is less of a demand.
You should think of your decision in terms of selecting from a handful of options, and whilst there is no magic formula to determine the ideal practice area for you, in this article we give a range of tips on how to plan carefully and increase your chances of choosing the right career path.
With careful research, first-hand experience and a bit of luck, you should find something that you really enjoy. We hope that you’ve found these tips helpful. Check out the graduate section of our blog for more careers advice, or see below for related articles.