Specialization in the Legal Practice
The issue of specialization is one which bothers a lot of law students and young wigs alike. Questions of why, how, where and when to specialize frequently arise.
More often than not, specialization in law starts from the second or third year at the university, subsequent to a general introduction to the law in the first year.
From contemporary experience, particularly for some young lawyers, it’s not so much about finding a desired job, but finding a job. Some are even forced into anything due to the influx in the legal market.
However, early and purposeful specializing may help students earn a desired role which in turn ensures their flourishing as competent lawyers.
As universities offer more specialized law courses and as more novel areas in law are beginning to crop up (e.g. fashion and sports law, etc), students may be advised to begin to narrow their focus in order to gain a head start in their preferred area of practice.
In specialising, students are advised to take up courses that do line up with the area of law they desire to practise.
Specialization is a way to differentiate yourself from the pack. Having a special background, in the law of taxation for instance, can be an advantage when it comes to understanding clients’ needs and ensuring their trust.
Focusing one’s interest in a particular area of law doesn’t mean students shouldn’t have an open mind and stay locked to one area.
One potent advice where one decides to specialize is that such area must be one which already or has the potentials to create adequate job opportunities. In this wise, one must be strategic. This is why one needs to read about such field to make accurate premonitions and assertions.
Students also have to consider the relevance of such field to the local market. Ask a question like: ‘Will such field still be relevant considering the recent trends in the nation?’ In all, it’s important to restates the need to remain open-minded and adaptable, even while specializing.