The Question is almost certain to come up when we visit with people we haven’t seen for awhile. It’s not what I would call a dreaded question, but it’s one that almost always make me take pause because I don’t know how to answer it just yet.
“What kind of law do you want to practice?”
It’s not a simple question to answer. I’ve always been interested in criminal law. Children’s rights appeals to me, which basically means I am interested in juvenile law and family law. I really enjoyed my torts class, but I’m not sure I would want to be a civil litigator or personal injury attorney. Tax law intimidates me. I’m interested in learning more about probate and estate planning, but I’m not entirely sure it’s something I would want to deal with every day. I think elder law is an up-and-coming area that will be very important in the future. Constitutional law draws me because there’s so much history involved. Then again, maybe I want to be a lobbyist or legislator.
It’s funny, people expect you to have a cut-and-dry answer. Something solid and decisive because you’ve been in school now for quite some time. I don’t have that, and really I’m perfectly okay with it. I don’t need to know what I want to do yet. Besides, I could change my mind after taking a class down the road or working in a clinic or internship or working on a case at my summer job.
I suppose what my answer should be is “I’m really not sure yet, but whatever it is I’ll do my best to be great.” Because that’s the most truthful thing I could possibly say in reply to such a question.