When most people hear the word ‘lawyer,’ they immediately imagine someone in a wig, pacing around the courtroom and using impeccable language to either prosecute or defend. Well, this is true to a large extent as the field that takes the largest number of lawyers is Criminal Law. Aside from it, however, are more areas of practice that a Law School Graduate can offer service. Here are some of them:
The United States and the world over are giving increased priority to environmental protection. Over the last two decades, the threat of global warming in the wake of high industrialization has led to more “green” companies focusing on renewable energy and robust environmental policies.
Most of these companies need to work under certain regulatory requirements. In this regard, they require attorneys to act as advisors as well as represent them in any policy-making. Environmental lawyers can also work in the government under the Protection Agencies put in place.
Family Law is about dealing with cases that involve members of a family. It could be in the area of succession or divorce law, which has grown steadily in recent years owing to the large number of divorces in the United States. Family law also encompasses issues such as child abuse, child support, and custody among others.
To be a family lawyer, one must develop strong communication skills to address their clients, the jury or the judge.
Working with non-governmental organizations is another option that Law School Graduates should consider. There’s a variety of NGO’s which deal with different aspects in society. Some are Human Rights Organizations, and others are international organizations such as the U.N
Lawyers are required in areas experiencing conflict in one form or the other to put their legal knowledge into practice. Their expertise could also come in handy in guiding the negotiation and mediation processes between warring parties.
IT, Banking and Finance
Technology Law is the new talk in town given the evolution of consumerization to software-based products and services. It offers a great opportunity to lawyers who can specialize in I.T Law.
The banking and finance sector is also experiencing dynamic changes, what with crypto-currency and risks that come with it. Where they face the likelihood of suing or being sued, banks need expert lawyers to defend them and protect their interests. Aside from this, the old issues of taxes and managing small businesses as well as large estates still need legal interventions.