You probably won’t hear much about Manufacturing Law being a coming hot practice area from the standard legal community and legal market observers who pronounce about such things. But you will hear it here. My reasons for this bold assertion and my take on what manufacturing law involves follow.
The Law Careers blog is not only a chronicle of promising practice areas and legal job and career opportunities. From time-to-time, we also need to chronicle some of the adverse circumstances that affect legal employment. One of these is the way some large law firms pad their client bills and the negative impact of this on legal hiring. The New York Times recently reported that DLA Piper, the self-styled “world’s largest law firm,” had been accused by a former client of a “sweeping practice of overbilling.” The client alleged that, in internal emails, firm lawyers boasted about the practice. The firm has denied the charge, asserting that the emails were poor attempts at humor. The Times reported that the dispute has been resolved via a confidential settlement.
Let’s get right to the heart of the matter. Consider the following checklist a rough template that you can use to scope out a geographic location where you would like to settle and practice law. You should modify it to fit your own personal and professional needs and aspirations. There may be other criteria than the ones mentioned below that are important to you, and others not particularly relevant to your circumstances.