Loyola University Chicago

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School of Law

Legal Practice Areas

While some students enter law school with a clear idea of what type of law they are interested in, others begin their legal career with no plan regarding what type of lawyer they want to become. There is a huge range of legal careers in varied work environments to pick from, and the best way to learn what a career in a specific area entails is to network with an attorney practicing in the field that you are interested in.

The information below is designed to give you an overview of a variety of legal practice areas, including information on the various subsets of each category. Use this information as a starting point, and don't be afraid to network with Loyola alums and other practicing attorneys.

  • practice area is an attorney's legal specialty or the area of law in which an attorney primarily focuses his or her career. The list below represents some of the most common legal practice areas, and each link will take you to a page dedicated to that specific practice area.
  • practice setting is the type of legal organization in which an attorney works. The three most common practice settings are law firms, government agencies, and public interest organizations.

*Please note that much of the information contained on these pages is referenced from BCG Attorney Search's "Quick Reference Guide to Practice Areas" (handout available in our office), Major Lindsey & Africa's "Law Firm Practice Area Summary" (handout available in our office), and "The Official Guide to Legal Specialties: An Insider's Guide to Every Major Practice Area" by Lisa L. Abrams (available for check out in our office).