Serve Specific Clients or Causes

Many students come to law school wanting to serve a specific client group, or develop that goal as they move through their education. Different types of clients are associated with specific subject matter specialties and practice settings, and distinct rewards and demands for lawyers working with them.


Public Corporations

Lawyers focused on serving public corporations:

  • Specialize in business law subspecialties, corporate law, tax, securities regulation, intellectual property, or commercial litigation
  • Practice primarily in large law firms or "in-house" corporate counsel departments
  • Face demands such as long hours, working in support roles, and extensive travel, usually with little direct client contact for new lawyers
  • Enjoy rewards that include opportunities to work on substantial projects in a team environment, develop targeted expertise, along with the prestige and income often associated with larger firms
  • Possess credentials typically including top law school grades or personal connections and coursework in relevant specialties
  • Need excellent research and writing skills, ability to work in teams, project management skills and substantial client development or maintenance skills for afvancement and growth

Closely Held Businesses

Lawyers focused on serving closely held businesses:

  • Specialize in serving business owners and entrepreneurs drawing on broad-based knowledge of business fundamentals and strategy, as well as business and tax specialties. Those involved in litigation also need commercial litigation expertise.
  • Practice in firms of varying sizes, including many small specialty firms.
  • Face demands that include the need to work on multiple matters at a given time, and generate new business
  • Enjoy rewards that include opportunities to work directly with smart, creative clients; directly add value to businesses; manage and define their own practice; and generate a substantial income based on the quality of their work
  • Possess credentials showing technical legal training in core business and tax courses
  • Need  demonstrated problem-solving, analytical, communication, and people skills, including broad-based planning expertise, ability to communicate effectively with non-lawyers, and ability to deliver quality, cost-efficient services

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