Advocacy areas: how to choose your practice area?
Atualizado: Jul 9
Those who complete a law degree have two paths to follow: law or public service. But for those who decide to become lawyers, this is just the first choice, after all, it is necessary to define the focus of action between the areas of law.
There are an infinity of possibilities because the Law, as well as human relations, has been evolving a lot. Lawyers can assign by classic areas, such as civil, labor and criminal law, or even by new areas, such as medical and sports law. The question that remains is: how to choose an area in which I should work? If you too feel insecure about this choice, know that you are not alone! Many bachelors feel that way, that's why we've prepared this post. Follow and see some steps to make the right choice for your career! Research the areas of advocacy
The first step in making a happy choice is to do a little research on available areas. This is essential, as the practical experience is very different from the theory presented during college. It is necessary to understand that all the knowledge acquired over the five years of graduation is of paramount importance, but you must know the day-to-day of the lawyer who works in each area to, thus, discover what is of interest to you. For example, the criminal lawyer deals with criminal law, a beloved subject among many students. However, their journey is often stressful and with constant visits to police stations and prisons, which requires a lot of emotional control.
Identify your profile and affinities
Working with something you enjoy keeps a person motivated and committed to achieving success. Remember that you will have many competitors, and most of them will be prepared and willing to give their best every day.
Therefore, our second tip concerns the identification of your profile and affinities within the legal area. How to do this? Look at which subjects you did best in college and identify the subjects you most enjoyed studying.
Also, try to experiment with each of these areas. Go looking for internships in law firms and get to know, in practice, how the daily lives of those who decided to dedicate themselves to this field are.
Discover the possibilities within the chosen field
As mentioned, the law is very broad and complex. Therefore, within the classical branches there are several possibilities for specialization. Get to know them to gather as much information as possible.
In the case of Civil Law, the lawyer can, for example, specialize in Family Law, in succession or even in contracts. There are already good graduate degrees in these fields and you can find out which one you identify with.
Talk to professors and lawyers
A conversation with a professor and a lawyer who works in your areas of interest can be decisive for the choice. By the way, it is interesting that you do this even before choosing the subject of the second phase of the OAB.
Look for a teacher with whom you have affinity and tell him your doubts and expectations about the day to day in law. Surely you will hear a sincere opinion and will be able to analyze if the experiences lived by this professional are in accordance with what you want for your future.
Did you like the tips? By following all the steps, this phase of indecision can be intelligently overcome. After studying and knowing the areas of law, you need to gather as much information as possible to make the right choice in your career. Then, just keep up to date and work to become a responsible, serious and competent professional. That makes all the difference!