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4 Career Paths One Can Pursue in Litigation Law

August 24 2016 - Litigation is one of the hottest fields of practice in law today. There are just so many litigation lawyers around. If you are looking for a lawyer, you should not have a problem getting one. The only problem is that these legal practitioners are not sufficient. As a matter of fact, law schools are currently starved of students. Despite the tempting salaries that law firms are offering to graduates, there are just not enough of them to take up the jobs. Therefore, if you are looking for a career path that will always get you a job, you cannot go wrong with law.

Here is the sad part though; you have to make many decisions regarding your career. People who are indecisive are bound to be totally spoilt for choice when they take up careers in law. This is because there are just so many options to select from. There are generally two broad fields in legal practice- civil and criminal litigation. However, in these there are so many other things to be select from. If you choose to go into litigation, there are some really good careers to pursue. Here are some four of them:

1. Litigation attorney

The most logical path to pursue in litigation law is to become an attorney. It makes a lot of sense to do this but it is not the only option- let's just get that out of the way. When you watch television shows like The Practice and perhaps Law and Order, the profession of a litigation attorney is so glamorized. The actual situation on the ground is significantly different from what is in the movies. The attorney's work (at the most basic level) is to represent their clients in a court of law and ensure that they win for them the most favorable settlement in the lawsuit. This is easier said than done.

2. Litigation paralegal

Paralegals are very important in the whole process of litigation. They are the ones who investigate the case facts, perform legal research, interview witnesses, organize exhibits and summarize depositions. Essentially, they are the attorneys' right hand assisting by ushering the case through the process of litigation.

3. Litigation Secretaries

It is easy to assume that a litigation secretary does the work of answering phone calls and typing things on their computers. You will be amazed by how lucrative this job can be. As time runs, these secretaries find themselves getting into bigger case management tasks. It is a really busy practice niche.

4. Litigation Support Professional

They are the ones who provide technological support to the attorneys in big, data-intensive cases. Attorneys read a lot but do you think that they have the time to go through companies' big data facilities and all? This is where the support professionals come in to save the day. This is one field that is teeming with opportunities for people who have legal and technological expertise.

About the Author

Michelle Morrison has been working as a litigation paralegal for about ten years now supporting a leading San Diego litigation attorney. She is also a career consultant at the law firm assisting young, aspiring legal practitioners to decide on what paths to pursue in the world of legal practice.

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