Learning about Legal Specialties & Practice Areas

Updated Oct. 27, 2014.
Prepared by Mary Whisner.

This guide lists books and other resources for learning about different legal specialties, practice areas, and practice settings.

It includes only works published 2003 or later.

Related Guides


Multiple Legal Specialties

Lisa L. Abrams, The Official Guide to Legal Specialties: An Insider's Guide to Every Major Practice Area (2000). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF297 .A758 2000)

Publisher's description

This book, based on interviews with lawyers who enjoy their work, offers a comprehensive look at 30 practice area specialty areas, from anti-trust to trusts and estates. The guide incorporates interviews with 130 attorneys from private law firms of all sizes, solo practitioners, public interest organizations, and government agencies. The profiled attorneys describe their career paths and provide insight into their daily work. The author describes the basics of each practice area, details what students/graduates need to know to practice in that area, and encourages readers to find a practice area that is a good fit with their own strengths and interests.

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Administrative Law

James T. O'Reilly, Careers in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (2010). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF299.A32 C37 2010)

Publisher's description

This book is an essential resource for law students and lawyers interested in a career in administrative law. In the first half of the book, a national expert describes the field, and outlines your optimal entry strategies. The second half offers individual, personalized examples of the various career paths in administrative law, and details the demands and rewards of each.

The "how-to" essays are authored by 19 of the leading law firm practitioners, government agency counsels, federal administrative law judges, non-profit group advocates and legal educators. In plain language, they open your eyes to the many rewarding careers that lie within the administrative law specialty.

This easy to read book covers topics you need to know: how do I enter this field, pre-law preparation, skill sets, advancement and networking. Essays include becoming a lawyer with a work-life balance, becoming an environmental practitioner, becoming an immigration lawyer, becoming a food and drug lawyer, becoming an effective adjudicator, becoming an administrative law judge, and many others.

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Admiralty & Maritime Law

Michael Marks Cohen, Fair Winds and Following Seas: A Career in Admiralty Practice, in Careers in International Law (3d ed. ABA, 2008). KZ1238.U55C37 2008 at Reference Area

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Animal Law

Yolanda Eisenstein, Careers in Animal Law: Welfare, Protection, and Advocacy (2011). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF299.A55 E37 2011)

Publisher's description

One of the fastest growing legal disciplines, animal law is concerned with protecting and improving the lives of animals through city ordinances, state and federal laws, international treaties, and cases that impact animals. Over 100 law schools in the U.S. now offer animal law courses, and more lawyers than ever before are looking to start animal law firms or incorporate animal cases into their practices. The first book of its kind, Careers in Animal Law will help you:
  • Gain an overview of the field from a practicing animal lawyer and professor of animal law
  • Forge a successful animal law career with firms of all types and sizes, government agencies, major corporations, or nonprofit organizations
  • Strike out on your own as a solo practitioner of animal law
  • Learn career tips from a series of animal-lawyer profiles
  • Understand evolving trends in legislation, litigation, and academia that will change the face of animal law in the decades to come
  • Law students interested in animal law, seasoned attorneys seeking a new direction, or any lawyer interested in building a satisfying career will benefit from reading Careers in Animal Law.

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    Corporate Counsel

    David J. Parnell, In-House: A Lawyer's Guide to Getting a Corporate Legal Position (2012)

    Publisher's description

    In-House: A Lawyer's Guide to Getting a Corporate Legal Position is the "must-have" career book on finding, securing, and thriving in the fiercely competitive in-house legal market.

    Author David J. Parnell takes the in-house-bound attorney by the hand, leading him or her through the maze of potential job-hunting strategies, dispelling the myths about corporate life, and offering the reader an arsenal of tips, skills and methods for creating a successful corporate career. Sometimes irreverent, always poignant, Parnell's In-House is the first step on your way to corporate legal glory.

    In addition, the book includes numerous appendixes, containing sample resumes, sample questions, a deal sheet and even a resignation letter. If you're looking for an insider's guide to getting a corporate legal job, this book is a must-have for your job-search library.

    Chapter 1: MythBusters: Separating In-House Fact from Fiction
    Chapter 2: Guts, Tools, and Reality Check: Do You Have What It Takes?
    Chapter 3: Painting the Bull's Eye: Defining Your Ideal Position
    Chapter 4: The Paper Ambassadors: Writing Your Resumé and Deal Sheet
    Chapter 5: The Funnel of Love: Creating Your Marketing Funnel and Strategy
    Chapter 6: First Contact: Approaching the GC Chapter 7: Interviewing 101: The Fundamentals of Interviewing
    Chapter 8: First Impressions Are the Only Impressions: Maximizing Your Physical Appearance
    Chapter 9: First Time's a Charm: Interview Rapport and Compatibility
    Chapter 10: Abe Lincoln Interviewing: Intelligence, Competence and Credibility
    Chapter 11: Borrowing Johnny's Fiddle to Bargain with the Devil: Compensation Negotiations

    Appendix A: Personal & Professional Skills Questionnaire
    Appendix B: Position-Specific Filtering Questions
    Appendix C: Sample Resumé 1
    Appendix D: Sample Resumé 2
    Appendix E: Sample Deal Sheet
    Appendix F: Position Comparison Guideline
    Appendix G: Sample Resignation Letter
    Appendix H: Search Checklist

    The Association of Corporate Counsel website has an In-House Jobline and information on Career Development.

    Minority Corporate Counsel Association also includes a Job Bank.

    For news, sign up for Corporate Counsel email alerts.

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    Criminal Law

    Careers in Criminal Law (Ellen Brotman, ed. 2010). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF299.C7 C37 2010)

    Publisher's description:

    The book is organized into five different parts:
      Part I focuses on traditional criminal defense, including public defending, white collar criminal defense, big firm practice, solo practice and appellate and post conviction advocacy.
      Part II tells the stories of those who prosecute, in state court, federal court, and juvenile court.
      Part III describes the journeys of three judges in three very different venues.
      Part IV explores careers representing defendants who have been convicted as they attempt to get back on track.
      Part V presents a handful of careers in criminal law that simply defy categorization.
    Some legal career books provide advice on how to enter and succeed in a certain niche; some provide checklists on how to open a practice; some provide the necessary basic black letter law. While the articles in this book have components of all these types of useful advice, this book has tried to do more. This book seeks to give the reader insight into the type of person who will do well in a career in criminal law.

    Paul B. Wice, Public Defenders and the American Justice System (2005). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF9646.W53 2005). Not explicitly a "career" book, but includes these chapters: "The staff attorneys : background and career patterns," "The work environment and courthouse relationships," and "Personal and professional issues."

    Publisher's description

    Offers a realistic portrait of the job of a public defender, the challenges and obstacles, the rewards and demands, and the need for these lawyers in the criminal justice system.

    Eighty to ninety percent of the nation's urban criminal defendants are defended in court by public defenders. Thus, understanding how these defender programs operate, their effectiveness and the quality of professional life for these beleaguered and often underpaid attorneys, is a critical factor in improving local criminal justice systems. What is it like to practice law in such an inhospitable environment, where clients often revile their counsel and prosecutors hold defenders in contempt? How does a public defender maintain self-esteem and dignity? What are the particular problems and obstacles of public defender offices? And how might such departments overcome these obstacles so that defendants and defenders, as well as the public, benefit? In vivid prose, and with vignettes and quotes from the lawyers themselves, Wice answers these questions and paints a truer picture of the state of public defenders offices than most of us have from television and the media.

    Through a colorful profile of a reform-minded public defender's office Newark, N.J., one of the nation's most crime-ridden smaller cities, Wice examines the public defender system and shows how even the smallest reforms, especially those that address quality of life and work for public defenders, can make a big difference. Comparing the smaller defender's office to larger ones in such cities as New York and Chicago, which have not instituted significant reforms, the author illustrates the successes that can be found when change is implemented. Flaws remain, but with improved services and work environments, this important component of the overburdened criminal justice system can function more effectively, creating a system that benefits lawyers, defendants, and the community alike.

    ABA Criminal Justice Section

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    Employment Law

    ABA Labor & Employment Law Section

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    Entertainment Law

    William D. Henslee, Entertainment Careers for Lawyers (2014). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF299.E57 H46 2014)

    Publisher's description:

    Entertainment law is a popular area of study for law students and a desired career path for practitioners. Yet the glamor of working with actors, production companies, musicians, writers, and others to create works of art comes with long hours, hard work, and fierce competition for jobs. Entertainment Careers for Lawyers, Third Edition, will dispel many of the myths surrounding the practice and help lawyers and law students gain an understanding of the realities of entertainment law. Written by William D. Henslee, an experienced entertainment lawyer and law professor, this book will help you:
    • Gain an overview of the substantive law areas included in entertainment law, from intellectual property and litigation to contract negotiations and estate planning
    • Understand the pros and cons of specializing in entertainment law
    • Learn about the career trajectories available in four major entertainment genres: music, theater, film, and television
    • Get the academic and work experience you need to succeed in this specialty
    • Land your first job as an entertainment lawyer as a law student
    • Successfully transition to entertainment law as a mid-career attorney
    • Explore non-legal career options in the entertainment field
    • Understand the day-to-day realities of working as an entertainment lawyer

    Richard Warren Rappaport, STAR! Finding Artistic and Commercial Success in the New Entertainment Industry (2013). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF4290 .R37 2013)

    Publisher's description:

    This book is about finding artistic and commercial success within the new entertainment industry. It was written for anyone who is involved within the industry and the world of motion pictures, television, music, the literary arts, fashion and modeling, the visual arts and the fine arts, or any other area of the creative arts.

    Covering all major genres of entertainment, it presents a unique overview of the artistic, business, and legal aspects of the industry. To accomplish this, it provides in-depth interviews with some of the most prominent attorneys in the country practicing in entertainment law, including entertainment-related transactions and litigation, corporate law, tax law, trust and estate law, accounting, and wealth management and preservation. It also provides interviews of experienced industry professionals who are producers, actors, screenwriters, novelists, musicians, vocalists, songwriters, choreographers, comediennes, photographers, visual artists, personalities, hosts and spokespersons, literary managers, talent managers, acting coaches, former agents, editors, specialists in marketing and promotion, publicists, motivational psychologists, and others in the world of entertainment.

    Taken together, the interviews provide a sense of the intricate texture and fascinating mosaic that constitutes the entertainment industry, as seen by Hollywood insiders who discuss the delicate balance between artistry and commercialism on the path to success within the industry.

    This book is for all those who work in the world of entertainment, including attorneys practicing in entertainment, arts and sports law, media law, the law of the Internet, communications law, intellectual property law, and corporate and international law, who are involved in advising clients in the expanding world of the entertainment industry, both domestically and internationally.

    It is also for producers, directors, cinematographers, agents, actors, screenwriters, novelists, musicians, vocalists, songwriters, composers, personalities, hosts, spokespersons, models, visual artists, personal managers, business managers, literary managers, writing coaches, editors, publicists, undergraduate, graduate, or law students, and anyone who has a serious artistic and professional interest in the industry. In essence, if you wish to understand the fascinating world of the new entertainment industry, this book is for you.

    So You Wanna Be an Entertainment Lawyer?, Lawyerist, April 13, 2011 (interview with lawyer at NBCUniversal)

    ABA Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries.
    Newsletter, Entertainment & Sports Lawyer is available on HeinOnline (after a one-volume embargo)

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    Environmental Law

    William & Mary Law School Wolf Law Library, Environmental Law Career Guide

    ABA Section of Environment, Energy & Resources

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    Estate Planning

    Daniel B. Evans, How to Build and Manage an Estates Practice (2008). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks KF300.E83 2008

    Publisher's description:

    Specifically tailored to the unique needs of the estates and trusts lawyers, this updated second edition of "How to Build and Manage an Estates Practice" focuses on making your practice better. Written as a "book of ideas," you'll find guidance on marketing, effective client communications, fee agreements, and ethics, including the updates to the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Whether you're a solo practitioner or a lawyer at a large firm, you'll find the tools you need to make a difference.

    Authored by Daniel B. Evans, a veteran attorney focusing on the areas of estate planning and estate and trust administration, this edition highlights constructive ways to apply ideas that have worked for him to your own practice. Organized logically, the book starts with deciding what kinds of clients you want, to finding those clients, to choosing clients and establishing fee agreements, to doing the actual legal work.

    Inside, you'll find:
    -- Strategies in defining your practice to bring focus and growth
    -- The best ways to communicate with your clients
    -- How technology and ethics have changed the practice area
    -- Analysis of the Department of the Treasury Circular 230 issued in 2005
    -- Innovative ideas for finding new clients
    -- Ethics issues, including the challenges of marital and inter-generational representation
    -- Fee agreements, including ideas on alternative billing in estate planning, administration, and litigation
    -- Optimum strategies and practical ideas for billing
    -- Tips on hiring personnel
    -- Sample forms, checklists, and questionnaires, such as an Estate Planning Questionnaire, Estate Administration Schedule, and Will Execution Instructions, are included on an accompanying CD.

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    Family Law

    K. William Gibson, How to Build and Manage a Family Law Practice (ABA, 2006). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF300.C455 2006)

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    Freelance Lawyering (Contract Work)

    Marina Modlin, The Independence Track: How to Succeed as a Freelance Attorney (2012). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF300 .M64 2011)

    Publisher's description

    This book will teach you to:
    • Get in the door of prestigious law firms
    • Earn valuable experience before starting your own practice
    • Work when you want, with whom you want
    • Start making real money now!

    The National Association For Legal Placement (NALP) has called this book "an excellent and much-needed resource for anyone considering becoming a freelance attorney." In the book Marina:

    • Explains the business model and the pros and cons of a freelance practice
    • Guides readers through making all the important logistical decisions involved in setting up a new business
    • Describes how to set your billing rates, and how to collect the money
    • Lists a dozen unorthodox ways to meet lawyers who have the power to give you work, and to pay you for it
    • Describes relationship-oriented, value-driven networking strategies
    • Teaches tried and true tricks to get your foot in the door of firms that are not even hiring
    • Describes how to dress and act like a lawyer
    • Explains how to save money by using free legal research tools
    • Teaches to spot conflicts of interest and problem clients early enough to avoid them

    Written in an easy-to-understand, conversational style, Marina provides a "common sense and pragmatic approach that is easy to put into practice."

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    Health Law

    Lawrence Singer et al., Careers in Health Law (2014). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF299.M43 S58 2014)

    Publisher's description

    Health law is a practice area organized around an industry, not a body of law. Typical health lawyers have a knowledge base that includes many topics, such as bioethics, corporate, insurance, administrative, Medicare/Medicaid, tax, privacy, health information, and food and drug law. In addition, a number of specialty areas within health law have arisen, including health law criminal law, antitrust, bankruptcy, life sciences, labor and employment, medical education and many others. For attorneys entering the field, not only does this create an exciting work environment, but it means that a number of career options are presented.

    Health law is constantly changing. As the industry changes, so do the issues impacting the practice. There is no health lawyer today doing the same thing that they were doing one year ago, or even six months ago. The field is exceptionally dynamic, with clients constantly bringing new issues requiring legal advice to the fore. This environment of constant change can work to the advantage of attorneys, because it is possible to develop expertise on a certain area of health law fairly quickly since it is new to everyone.

    Careers in Health Law can help lawyers to reenergize, rethink, and reposition their career goals and strategy in this dynamic industry.

    Chapters include:

    • Understanding the major forces impacting health care
    • Areas of employment for health lawyers (antitrust, corporate, criminal, insurance, etc.)
    • Places to work as a health lawyer (large firms, government, in-house, etc.)
    • Non-legal jobs in health law (compliance, consulting, etc.)
    • Essential steps for job seekers
    • Applying for jobs in health law

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    Intellectual Property Law

    A.B.A. Section of Intellectual Property Law, Careers in IP Law: Avenues and Opportunities (2013). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF3165.Z9 B76 2013)

    Publisher's description

    Careers in IP Law offers a day-in-the-life guide with advice from expert intellectual property practitioners. The book helps students and those who are changing careers and provides detailed information on different practice areas: patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and new media. Careers in IP Law covers a key focus on employment opportunities, including a listing of career-related resources and relevant publications.
    Table of Contents
    • Getting Your Feet Wet: An Introduction to Intellectual Property Law and Practice
    • Get Ready, Get Set: Preparing to Practice Intellectual Property Law during Law School or Preparing to Make a Change as an Established Lawyer
    • Promoting the Progress of Science . . . Patent Law as a Specialty
    • And the Useful Arts: Copyright Law as a Specialty
    • What's in a Name?: Trademark Law as a Specialty
    • IP Goes Incognito: Trade Secret Law as a Specialty
    • What Now?: Common Intellectual Property Practice Areas
    • The Sky's the Limit: Employment Opportunities for Intellectual Property Lawyers
    • Lessons from the Trenches: Advice from Practitioners
    • Diving In: How to Get Involved in the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL)
    • Additional Sources of Information

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    International Law

    Careers in International Law (Salli Anne Swartz ed., 4th ed. 2012). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KZ1238.U55 C37 2012)

    Publisher's description

    Irrespective of your age, experience, nationality, residence, education or practice area, this new edition is a valuable guide for law students and lawyers interested in finding, maintaining, or moving into a career in international law. The book provides new insight into how to use your imagination, creativity, and savvy to find that elusive job in the field of international law including the scope of possibilities in specialties such as litigation, trade, corporate, transactional, banking, financial, and maritime law, as well as positions in teaching, going in-house, and pro bono work.
    Providing dynamic tips and strategies, as well as perspectives and methodology for success, the book includes guidance on:
    • How to prepare for a career in international law;
    • The road to an international in-house legal career;
    • Going from solo practitioner to international lawyer;
    • Using the Internet to develop a small-firm international law practice;
    • Networking effectively;
    • Creative strategies for launching and growing your international law practice; and
    • Much more!

    D. Wes Rist, Careers in International Law: A Guide to Career Paths in International Law: A Resource of the American Society of International Law (2013). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (K115 .C47 2013 )

    Publisher's description

    The longest running formal career development resource at ASIL, the Careers in International Law: A Guide to Career Paths in International Law is an invaluable publication for everyone from pre-law majors to current lawyers looking to move into the practice of international law. Available for over 15 years, the guide has always included personal insights into the practice of international law from global leaders in the field. The 2013-14 edition of the guide adds a detailed, step-by-step approach to evaluating professional development choices. The guide includes advice on everything from study abroad options to scholarship opportunities to networking and professional presentation, as well as four appendices featuring over 30 international fellowships, nearly 200 international internships, and dozens of international moot court and writing competitions.
    See also the Gallagher guide on Careers in International Law.

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    Judicial Clerkships

    See the Gallagher guide on Researching Judicial Clerkship Opportunities.

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    Law Librarianship

    American Association of Law Libraries, Education for a Career in Librarianship

    University of Washington Law Librarianship Program

    Mary Whisner, Update to Choosing Law Librarianship: Thoughts for People Contemplating a Career Move (2008)

    Beyond the Books: People, Politics, and Librarianship (Leslie A. Lee & Michelle M. Wu eds., 2007). Gallagher Law Library Classifed Stacks Z682.35.V62 B49 2007

    Publisher's description

    The goal of this work is to share practical advice on topics common to librarians at various stages in their careers; those new to the profession, those with professional experience but who are not necessarily interested in management, those new to management or supervision, and those new to directorships. The majority of contributors are from academic law libraries; however, many of the topics and principles can be applied broadly to other academic library environments.

    Table of contents.

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    Law Teaching

    Brannon P. Denning et al., Becoming a Law Professor: A Candidate's Guide (2010). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF272 .D46 2010)

    Publisher's description

    This book is a soup-to-nuts guide, taking aspiring legal academics from their first aspirations on a step-by-step journey through the practicalities of the Association of American Law School's hiring conference, on-campus interviews, and preparing for the first semester of teaching. This up-to-date resource reflects the changing nature and new realities of the legal academy. Until recently, entry into the legal academy was a function of credentials and connections. Today, your record of publication has become the primary portal into professorship. High-quality legal scholarship, in addition to solid credentials can give you the advantage you need to secure the best jobs available.

    In this book, you'll discover the types of teaching jobs available and responsibilities of each, the possible paths to teaching, contrasting the standard entrance model with the various other methods. Three chapters detail the law school hiring process, including a special chapter offering advice to handling issues that may come up during the interview process. The book then details information that will be invaluable for the new professor, drawn from the personal experience of the authors. Finally, you'll find suggestions in case your first attempt at the academic job market fails to produce an offer. In addition, the book contains an annotated bibliography on the hiring process, as well as a primer on the law review submissions process, and timelines and checklists to help you stay organized.

    While this book is perfect for the aspiring law professor, career service professionals will find the book helpful for the right students as an alternative to practice. If you're even considering charting a course toward a law school career, this is one resource you don't want to be without.
    See Legal Scholarship Blog's Teaching page.

    See also the Gallagher guide on Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership.

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    Litigation

    A.B.A. Section of Litigation, The Young Litigator: Tips on Rainmaking, Writing and Trial Practice (2011). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF297 .Y678 2011)

    Publisher's description

    Young lawyers entering into the practice of law can be overwhelmed by the amount of information they must obtain to create and maintain a productive and successful law practice.

    Most practicing attorneys know that the education received in law school is only a small portion of the knowledge that is needed, and needed as quickly as possible. This book is a compilation of articles from the ABA Section of Litigation, chosen by young practicing lawyers, that seeks to guide young litigators in their first days, months, and years in the practice of law. The articles are divided into three key areas: rainmaking; writing; and trial practice. Topics include:
    • Using Online Social Networking Sites to Make it Rain;
    • Marketing Tips for the Time-Starved Lawyer;
    • A Business Plan: Why Every Associate Should Have One;
    • 48 Litigation Writing Rules;
    • Persuasive Brief Writing;
    • Writing a Winning Legal Argument;
    • A "How To" Guide to Trial Preparation;
    • What Judges Want;
    • Using the Lessons of Aristotle to Present Outstanding Legal Arguments;
    • And many more.
    A litigator cannot fully succeed without the ability to gain and manage clients, write persuasively, and conduct a trial. Even in the world of decreasing jury trials, increasing ADR, and written communication by email or texting, these skills are essential. This engaging and instructive collection provides much-needed guidance for the young litigator.

    Janet S. Kole, Chasing Paper: The Keys to Learning about and Loving Discovery (2009). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF8900 .K65 2009)

    Publisher's description

    Chasing Paper offers an insightful, humorous and practical approach to paper discovery. Veteran litigator Janet Kole suggests that paper discovery can appeal to young lawyers on several levels so it is less arduous, more satisfying and more productive.

    In addition to reshaping negative attitudes about paper discovery, she offers concrete, practical tips on all aspects of paper discovery, including:
    • What to ask for in a document request
    • How to respond to document requests
    • How to review document requests
    • How to use the documents

    It is a rare case that proceeds on testimony alone. The ability to home in on the best documents for your client's case is as important as the overarching strategy. Change the way you view -- and do -- paper discovery.

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    National Security

    Careers in National Security Law (Lauren Bean ed., 2008). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF4850 .C37 2008)

    Publisher's description

    This book features testimonials from established practitioners in the field of National Security law, detailing how they entered the field of national security law and offering advice for students and lawyers on opportunities and suggestions for entering the field, including the various facets of National Security law.

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    Personal Injury

    K. William Gibson, How to Build and Manage a Personal Injury Practice (3d ed. 2012). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF1257 .G53 2012)

    Publisher's description

    Written by an experienced and successful personal injury lawyer, How to Build and Manage a Personal Injury Practice, Third Edition is ideal for lawyers starting a personal injury law practice, and for current practitioners interested in improving their practice. This essential guide discusses the basic differences between personal injury law and other types of law practice, and provides guidance for avoiding common pitfalls. Newly revised to reflect the changing world of personal injury law, this edition contains updated information about the latest legal software, including cloud-based products, and practical tips for small firms and solo practitioners. You will learn how to:
  • Plan for a personal injury practice
  • Decide whether to go solo or form a partnership
  • Market and finance your practice
  • Interview clients--and keep them happy
  • Manage your workload
  • Choose office space and equipment
  • And much more!
  • An accompanying CD-ROM includes worksheets, flowcharts, checklists, and fully customizable forms for your office's needs.

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    Real Estate Law

    Brad Dashoff, The Commercial Real Estate Lawyer's Job: A Survival Guide (2009). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF572 .D37 2009)

    Publisher's description

    Intended as an essential tool for both new and seasoned real estate lawyers, this book provides basic instruction on commercial real estate assignments they are likely to receive. The Commercial Real Estate Lawyer's Job explains the most common transactions, and the tasks associated with them. It offers practical advice for organizing workload; provides tips for success; and details vital resources needed for real estate lawyers.

    Specific areas include:

    • Real property interests and deeds
    • Purchases and sales
    • Debt and equity financing
    • Mezzanine loans
    • Real estate investment trusts
    • Leases and property documents
    • Transaction closings, and much more!

    From Handshake to Closing: The Role of the Commercial Real Estate Lawyer (Sidney G. Saltz ed., 2d ed. 2010). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF665 .F76 2010)

    Publisher's description

    In today's law firms, little time is available to train and mentor younger lawyers for taking on real estate work. The newer lawyer now has to deal with more forms, regulations, and potential complications than ever, but time constraints and the demands of hourly billing often necessitate a trial-and-error approach to the process rather than learning through observation and questioning. Although From Handshake to Closing: The Role of the Commercial Real Estate Lawyer was written especially to meet the needs of the lawyer entering into the practice of real estate law, it also suggests new approaches and ways of solving problems which will enhance the practice of more experienced attorneys.

    From Handshake to Closing explains the lawyer's critical role in documenting, reviewing, and negotiating the real estate transaction, from the beginning of the deal through post-closing issues. This useful mentoring guide ncludes valuable sample language, examples taken from practice, and insightful tips and techniques for how to assist that client tomake and close the deal. Sidney G. Saltz, a veteran real estate lawyer, draws upon his years of practice as a general real estate lawyer to describe the typical situations and stages of a deal and how to get it closed, including:
    • The role of the real estate broker and how to develop a lawyer-broker relationship that will benefit the client
    • Pre-documentation documents: the term sheets letters of intent, or loan commitment
    • Documenting the transaction and creating the "law" of the deal
    • Reviewing and analyzing documents, illustrated by sample concerns and questions
    • Effective rules for communicating comments to the cient and to the counterpart lawyer, preparation for negotiation, and negotiating to documents
    • Other issues, including due diligence checklist
    • Preparing for and handling the closing
    • Avoiding the pitfalls that can kill a deal

    From Handshake to Closing provides logical and wise commentary on the key steps in a real estate transaction, demonstrating how a thorough understanding of the fundamentals can successfully lead to a heartfelt handshake that completes the closing. In addition to many changes and updates throughout the text, this revised edition includes an index and bibliography.

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    Shariah Law

    Hauwa Ibrahim, Practicing Shariah Law: Seven Strategies for Achieving Justice in Shariah Courts (2012). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KTA3474 .I27 2012)

    Publisher's description

    Practicing Law in Shariah Courts: Seven Strategies for Achieving Justice in Shariah Courts describes the Shariah courts of Northern Nigeria, and offers advice for counsel practicing in Shariah courts worldwide, particularly in cases involving women. In this important book, you'll find insight into practicing law in Shariah courts, and some questions that arise from being on the field, from the authors experience of seeking justice under these laws both legally and spiritually. The introduction of new Shariah in Northern Nigeria in 1999 set in place a delicate and flexible boundary between the rule of law and individual interpretations of the Law that are unjustifiably causing individual and social ills. This important book is part of a dialogue for learning the terrain and how best to work around the disparities in the new Shariah, exploring ethical issues drawn from various sources, including the Holy Qur'an, Hadith, and Sunnah. Although their application is discussed within the legal contour of Shariah law in Northern Nigeria, the strategies are not confined to any one framework of reference and may be a valued resource to many.
    The book contains the author's reflection of her experiences while defending clients in Shariah courts. It is a book written by a legal practitioner, sharing the strategies and resources that have served her well throughout her career. The multilayered composition of this book, weaving together Islamic law, national laws, international treatises, and religious texts is intent on providing lawyers all possible avenues for drafting a defense strategy that reflects the integrity of Shariah and upholds the values of the community.

    Since their implementation and subsequent codification from 2000 to 2003, Shariah law codes have been regularly amended. This book reflects the latest of the amendments known to the author. The strategies and resources outlined in this book move past them and look toward the overarching ideal of justice and fairness, placing them in a space that sustains the functional character of the work.

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    Solo & Small Firm Practice

    Carolyn Elefant, Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be (2d ed. 2011). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks KF300.Z9 E44 2011

    Publisher's description

    Now in a 2nd edition, Solo by Choice is the most up-to-date resource for solo and small firm lawyers. Written by Washington DC solo and noted law blogger Carolyn Elefant, this is a comprehensive, hands-on guide to opening and maintaining your own law practice. In just four years, Solo by Choice has become the go-to resource for bar associations, practice management advisers, and for thousands of ex-partners, ex-associates, and law grads who want to be their own boss.

    Trial Magazine says, "… Enjoyable, informative, reliable. A must-read whether you're considering opening your own office or looking for ways to conduct an existing practice smarter and more cost-effectively."

    The former editor of the ABA’s GP/Solo Magazine, says “… This could be the best investment any solo, or would-be solo, makes.”

    Carolyn Elefant, Solo by Choice: The Companion Guide (2011). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF300 .E423 2012)

    Publisher's description

    What better way to learn about solo practice than hearing from solos themselves … in their own words. In Solo by Choice/The Companion Guide, Washington DC solo and noted law blogger Carolyn Elefant, turns to dozens of successful solos – solos by choice -- to answer 34 key questions about how to start and maintain a solo or small firm practice. This unique collection of tips, personal insights, and first-hand lessons is a valuable companion to Solo by Choice/2011-2012.

    Carolyn Elefant, My Shingle blog

    Jay G. Foonberg, How to Start and Build a Law Practice (5th ed. 2004). Gallagher Law Library Reference Area KF300.Z9F66 2004

    Publisher's description

    If you have a question about starting and growing your own law practice, or improving your existing solo or small firm practice, Jay Foonberg has the answers in this power-packed, updated, and expanded new edition. Learn it all from a practicing lawyer who provides you with real answers, for real practices, gained from real experiences.
    This classic ABA bestseller has been used by tens of thousands of lawyers as the comprehensive guide to planning, launching, and growing a successful practice. It's packed with over 600 pages of guidance on identifying the right location, finding clients, setting fees, managing your office, maintaining an ethical and responsible practice, maximizing available resources, upholding your standards, and much more. If you're committed to starting your own practice, this book will give you the expert advice you need to make it succeed.
    The book is organized into short, easy-to-read chapters and they deal with all the specific challenges you undoubtedly will encounter when you open your office. And the answers you'll get are realistic, practical, and based on real-life experience. Even if you already have an established practice, you are sure to find information that will help you compete and succeed. You'll find a wealth of tips that can improve your practice once it is up and running, as well as dozens of time-saving templates and checklists. In addition, there is all-new material for this edition, covering areas including:
  • E-mail and the Internet
  • Law firm mergers and dissolutions
  • Student loans
  • Opportunities created by an aging population
  • Nonlawyer consultants
  • The globalization of legal practice
  • And much more!
  • This book is guaranteed to help you successfully launch your practice, run it at maximum efficiency, and avoid potential pitfalls along the way. You'll get basic, practical advice given in Foonberg's inimitable down-to-earth style--and answers to down-to-earth questions including:
  • Where is the ideal place to open my office?
  • How much cash do I need to start?
  • How can I get cash up front to reduce bad debts?
  • Should I charge for the first consultation?
  • How do I spot the client who won't pay?
  • What kinds of equipment will I need--at a minimum--to start out?
  • What are the most effective ways of getting clients?
  • Donna Gerson, Choosing Small, Choosing Smart: The Job Seeker's Guide to Small Law Firms (3d ed. 2012). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF297 .G47 2012)

    Publisher's description

    Donna Gerson's popular Choosing Small, Choosing Smart has been substantially revised and updated to address the realities of today's legal employment market. Gerson, a consultant and former career services professional, offers readers comprehensive information about how to conduct research to identify small firms, network, get hired, negotiate salary and benefits, and enjoy a successful career. She has interviewed small firm practitioners across the U.S. to learn about their career paths and what influences their hiring decisions, and she lectures at law schools across the country and understands students' concerns. Special "spotlight" sidebars offer advice on specific geographic markets and on rural law firms.

    Linda Calvert Hanson & Samantha C. Williams, Small Firms, Big Opportunity: How to Get Hired (and Succeed) in the New Legal Economy (2012). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF297 .H325 2012)

    Publisher's description

    Law graduates and junior associates face the tightest job market since the mid-1990s. But amid the gloom is a curious phenomenon: the percentage of those getting hired at small firms continues to rise at a significant rate. Why this is so -- and how it affects your job search -- is the subject of this comprehensive new law career guide, the newest and most comprehensive on the small firm market. No question about it, small-to-midsized law firms are the big legal employer, and Small Firms, Big Opportunity provides the practical steps to identify where jobs are, how to get hired, and how to succeed in the new legal economy. Whether you’re a law student, new grad, or junior associate, this book is a must-have.
    Gerald M. Singer, How to Go Directly into Your Own Solo Law Practice and Succceed: Into the New Millennium and Beyond (2000, with 2004 supp.). KF300.S56 2000 at Reference Area

    Starting a Law Practice, links to guides and resources, from the Oklahoma Bar Association.

    Bruce Cameron, Becoming a Rural Lawyer (2013). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF300 .C29 2013)

    Publisher's description

    Minnesota lawyer Bruce Cameron, author of the acclaimed law blog Rurallawyer.com, is a rural solo and a leading observer of practicing law in rural America. In this slim and insightful guide, the author helps you decide if you’re meant to be a small town lawyer, and where, among 128,000 small towns, your legal career could reach new levels of satisfaction and meaning. In addition, this rural practice handbook can help you find the right small town to establish your practice … the 8 myths of practicing rural/small town law … the 5 emerging “hot” areas of rural practice … learn what new lawyers must do to prepare for a rural legal practice … and more.

    Richard L. Hermann, Practicing Law in Small Town America (2012). Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF297 .H475 2012)

    Publisher's description

    Small-town America is not what it used to be. The transportation and communications revolutions have spread the advantages and amenities of big cities into less populous regions--and in many cases, these regions are still very much underserved by the legal community. Moreover, housing is affordable, commuting to and from work is a non-issue, and schools have fewer problems than their urban counterparts.
    Practicing Law in Small-Town America, in three distinct and thorough parts, paints a picture of what small-town practice is like in its rich diversity, examines how local practitioners got to where they are, and details what an aspiring small-town lawyer needs to know and do in order to locate in--or relocate to--a small community. The book includes:
  • "Setting the Small-Town Practice Scene"
  • "Defining "Small-Town America"
  • "What's Different about Small-Towns?
  • "How Small-Town America and Law Practice Has Changed
  • "Small-Town Practitioner Profiles
  • "Many Diverse Types of Practice"
  • "Tradeoffs"
  • "Where to Locate"
  • "What to Do When You Get There"
  • The book also includes appendices on what's out there, a small-town due diligence checklist, best and worst places to relocate, additional information sources and a thorough bibliography, and an in-depth look at the history of one of the representative towns featured in the book, Canandaigua, New York. Practicing Law in Small-Town America shows you how to find and understand the factors--economic, social, demographic, political, legislative, technological, historical, domestic and international--that will impact your law practice and life.

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    Sports Law

    ABA Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries.

    • Newsletter, Entertainment & Sports Lawyer is available on HeinOnline (after a one-volume embargo)

    Marquette University Law School Sports Law Institute

    Matthew J. Mitten, What Is Sports Law?, Young Lawyer, Dec. 2008.

    Erica Winter, Sports Law, Lawcrossing.com (undated)

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