Practice Perspectives: Vault’s Guide to Legal Practice Areas, 2014 Edition

Edited by Nicole S. Weber, Esq.
Publication Date: 2014

Now in its second edition, 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. We invited 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
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cooley LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Dechert LLP
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
Kobre & Kim LLP
Mayer Brown LLP 
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP 
Paul Hastings LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP 
Seyfarth Shaw LLP 
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
White & Case LLP 

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