Practice Perspectives: Vault’s Guide to Legal Practice Areas is the insider’s guide to what it’s really like to be a practicing attorney in more than 20 different areas of the law. Whether you’re preparing for on-campus interviews, about to begin as a summer associate or looking to make a lateral move, Practice Perspectives is a vital career exploration tool.
In this guide, you will find more than 30 interviews with attorneys who are at the top of their fields at some of the most prestigious law firms in the country. We asked these partners and associates all about their specific practice areas—the types of clients they represent, the best and worst aspects of working in their chosen fields, and what misconceptions exist about their specialties. We invited the top firms in each practice area, as rated by nearly 17,000 associates from across the country in our 2013 Vault Associate Survey, to participate in this guide. Each year, Vault ranks law firms in a variety of practice areas based on the perceptions of associates practicing in those areas. Depending on the practice area, we invited either the top five or the top ten firms in each category to participate in Practice Perspectives.
The importance of finding the right practice area for you can’t be understated—switching fields down the line, while not impossible, is not easy. Take the time now to do as much research as possible, and don’t rule out areas outside your comfort zone—a field you don’t know much about yet might turn out to be the perfect fit for you.
Practice Perspectives: Vault’s Guide to Legal Practice Areas is sponsored by:
Allen & Overy LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Goulston & Storrs, PC
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Mayer Brown LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
White & Case LLP
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Rachel Marx Boufford is Vault’s Law Editor and previously worked as a litigation associate at a large New York law firm. Rachel has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Tufts University