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Hot Practice Areas from Above the Law

If you're trying to figure out which practice areas are hot, why not go to the source:  the law firm associates who work in those areas.  And that's what Above the Law's David Lat has done.  Last week, he asked readers to describe the current state of work at their firms, and today he offers this summary of the 550 responses received.  According to the survey's results, real estate and structured finance are slow, as are other transactional practices.  But commercial litigation is heating up, as is bankruptcy work as I described in an earlier post.  And nationwide, patent litigation is booming.

Before blogs, an associate experiencing a slowdown would have had to call around to different contacts or even hire a career coach to identify new work opportunities.  Now at least, discovering information about trends is much easier -- which can help associates and law firms plan more efficiently. 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on March 5, 2008 at 03:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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