We find that legal careers can be grouped into three distinct practice areas: administrative advocacy, litigation, and transactional. Establishing clarity in your personal preferences--the kind of life you want to lead, and how you want to interact with your work--is the first step to building a satisfying and successful career in law.
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.