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What area of law should I specialise in - Family Law or Intellectual Property/Contract?

I just wondered what the downsides and plus sides would be for the above areas of law. I have to choose in August (ILEX qualifications) and wondered if anybody could advise me on what would be the best route to take. If anybody has any other ideas aside from the above those are welcome too. Many thanks.

Asked By: Daniel P - 5/31/2007
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I work at a large law firm, we have both of these depts. as well as others. Just from observing from the outside I would say the family attys. are happier with their jobs in terms of making a difference in the world. However the Intellectual property/contract lawyers make more money and some of them are really into the... More
Answered By: Cinner - 5/31/2007
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Intellectual property law demands a background in science/math/engineering. Family law demands a lot of patience and hand holding, and you deal with your clients everyday. Your choice depends if you are more into dealing with things or people. Good luck!
Answered By: MenifeeManiac - 5/31/2007
 
My wife has a law degree and she would probably advise you to choose a profession other than law. This is based on her contacts with other lawyers, so many of whom volunteer that they wished they would have done something different than "lawyering... More
Answered By: Citizen for President - 5/31/2007
 
My mom does contracts and she loves it. Its nice and clean cut. If you want something with alot ow wiggle room and difining new laws, go with Intell. property. Family Law is REALLY messy. No one ever really wins and alot of times kids get in the middle. If you really love to argue do Criminal Litigation, which is what... More
Answered By: MR SEXY PANTS - 5/31/2007
 
I work for a small personal injury firm that specializes in FTCA claims and Indian Law, I believe we make a big difference and for a one attorney firm I must say my boss does very very well financially and he only charges his clients 10% of the recovery. As an employee I'm very happy here because the bonuses are... More
Answered By: Lori B - 5/31/2007
 
The Decision is.. Whatever You see fit and right for you. don't ask these kind of questions to strangers like us. this is your future that you are asking about.
Answered By: Matt - 5/31/2007
 
Family law is the most depressing, debilitating, aggravating area of law there is -- and one of the least remunerative. I know this last hard to believe when you constantly read about the few lawyers who hit the headlines representing movie stars. But ask yourself: How many lawyers actually represent movie stars... More
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Answered By: MLaw - 5/31/2007
 
These are both good areas of practice... More
Answered By: Mark H - 5/31/2007
 
It is, if you don't mind me saying so, a slightly ridiculous question. There is no correlation between Family Law and IP. The aptitudes and requirement are entirely different and unless you have an apptitude for either, you will be unsuccessful and unhappy in both... More
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Answered By: JZD - 5/31/2007
 
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