There are a lot of options for people who want to go into the legal profession, and figuring out what specialty or type of attorney you want to be can be challenging. One of the biggest questions facing a new attorney is whether they want to work in a public setting, or go into private practice. Figuring out which is right for you can get confusing and complicated.
Why we’re asking:
There’s a world of difference between working in the public sector and working in the private one, no matter what type of law you go into. Figuring out which is best suited to your strengths and goals as an attorney is essential, but also quite challenging. Our legal professionals come from all walks of legal life, which is why we’re turning to them to find out the advantages and disadvantages associated with working privately, or for the public.
Professionals, share your thoughts below:
How did you decide whether to work publicly or privately?
What are the pros of being a public attorney? How about the cons?
What are the advantages to working privately? Disadvantages?
Which sector do you work in? Have you worked in the other?
Should new attorneys start out in public or private firms?
There are many different facets to a legal career, and figuring out your niche can be a challenge. Understanding the differences between public and private work is just one more question answered for aspiring attorneys!
Please post your answers in the comment field below!