Lawyers in private practice work throughout the country, from small towns to large urban centers, in a variety of environments, from solo practices to international mega-firms employing hundreds of attorneys. They represent and advise clients in a wide array of specialties, from admiralty law to tax law. Some work as transactional attorneys (e.g., writing and advising clients on contracts) while others work as litigators, representing clients (from individuals to multi-national corporations) in court. Some major corporate court cases can take years to resolve.
The following resources will help you gain insight into working in private practice. After this research, your next step should be to speak with some attorneys in private practice to get a deeper understanding of the lifestyle, work environment, rewards, and frustrations of private practice.
- Law Firm Life: A Guide to Working in a Law Firm
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: The Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Wikipedia - Some interesting information to expand your understanding of the legal profession.
- Is Law School for You?, Top-Law-Schools.Com - Provides information on aspects of private practice.