When students get into law school, many haven’t determined if they want to specialize in a specific point of interest in law. This could be a potentially fatal obstacle to their education. There are a lot of burnt out attorney’s who wish they’d specialized in something else.
The truth of the matter is, if you specialize in DWI cases, for example, you’re going to spend the rest of your career defending DWI cases. If that gets boring, you’re still stuck. You have a degree, but you don’t have the rest of the education to transfer over to another topic. Still, others focus on bankruptcy. If you don’t have a preset and unique proposition, you’re going to be in a losing dog fight folks. A general practitioner will soon be eaten up and the specialists are the ones who are going to be making all of the money.
Still, others prefer a general practice as they will get more variety, and they do great at this. Not being a specialist helps them to expand their horizons and relieves some of the doldrums of the same thing day in and day out. The bottom line is to ask yourself a few difficult questions. Can you picture doing bankruptcy law day in and day out for the rest of your career? That’s the dilemma. Can you really picture standing in court arguing for a bankruptcy each and every day? Doing the same paperwork, listening to the same sad stories about medical issues that cost these people their very jobs and livelihood and know they must file bankruptcy?
On the surface, the answer may be relatively easy to determine. However, deep down, it may be more challenging. It’s a deep and very complex question that must be thought out before continuing on and specializing. For some, the answer may be as simple as following in their parent’s footsteps. For others, it may be far more complex.
Clearly, there are some important considerations. What do the clients need and require? Are you willing to learn what it takes to be the very best at what you’ve chosen to specialize in? Those who specialize tend to earn more than those who stick with a general practice. Of course, there are other considerations such as the type of persons you’ll be dealing with on a daily basis. Many simply don’t have the heart for a specialization, still, others find that they need to take a break now and again.
It’s important to not underestimate the value of working in an area that you’re interested in, comfortable and have taken the time to learn inside and out. This is only done when you take the time to specialize in something and learn all that there is to know about it. It’s a huge dilemma for many yet others find that it’s an easy answer. Consider all of your options and make the best possible decision with what you do know and you should be on the right track.