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Law students urged to focus on practice choices

Start thinking now about what kind of law you want to practice, a legal employment expert told students at the U.Va. law school last week.

Lawyers work with people, things, ideas, money or business, said Sarah Van Steenburg, managing director of legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa.  Figuring out which is most appealing can be key to career satisfaction, she said, according to a report from the law school.

Especially in light of the economic downturn, Van Steenburg suggested that students not put off making choices about their preferred practice areas.  In the current business climate, she said, firms would be less willing to accomodate an associate who thinks the grass is greener in a different field.

By Peter Vieth

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