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A successful and satisfying career in law, like other careers, can be built by establishing clarity in your personal preferences--in the kind of life you want to lead, and how you want to interact with your work. While there is crossover (a transactional IP lawyer could testify before a judge) we find that legal careers can be grouped into three distinct practice areas:
Lawyers play prominent roles in many administrative agencies, courts, public policy organizations, and non-profits, not only as lawyers but also as legislative analysts, policy directors, advocacy specialists, and a variety of other important roles.
Litigation exists in almost every area of the law, though it is most commonly discussed in terms of whether an attorney is a civil litigator or a criminal litigator.
As with litigation, transactional law exists in nearly every kind of legal practice, though certain areas of law are more exclusively transactional than others.