Q: I’m in law school and I’d like to see lawyers in a few different fields in action, so I can start to figure out what I might like to do with my law degree when I graduate. How would I go about doing that?
A: Call the local bar association and see if they have a shadowing program. If not, visit the alumni office of your law school and seek names and contact information of nearby solo practitioners in your fields of potential interest; email them to see if, as an enterprising law student at their alma mater, you might be able to spend part of a day with them to start to bring their field alive to you. Or approach some of the adjunct professors at school and ask the same thing. Go to the courthouse (if litigation may be an interest), find a hearing or a trial to sit in on, and observe the lawyers, who then could be another resource for your questions, in follow up. Read the local lawyers’ newspaper in your law library and reach out to featured practitioners.
There are lots of ways to bring the profession alive. Too many law students wait too long to start the process of engaging with the profession, and then graduate without any focal points of interest. It’s great, and impressive, that you are charting your course, instead of letting the winds of fate swirl around you in all directions.