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Random late-night #lawtwitter thread: I'm often asked by incoming law students how they can start to figure out what field of law they're interested in so they can hit the ground running as soon as their 1L year starts. This is a fantastic Q.
You don't need to know exactly what it is you want to do day 1 of law school. That's impossible. You won't quite know what all your options are and there's just so much to learn.

But having an idea of what you might want to study/practice does have some awesome advantages.
For starters, you can tailor your informational interviews and networking experiences towards your interests and get more direction on how to pursue your "dream" career early on.

Also, people notice when you're passionate about something. You'll stand-out among your peers.
But how do you get there? My advice: forget about law school for a second. In fact, forget about legal fields and legal careers.

What are you passionate about in general? What drives you? What gets you out of bed every day? What inspires you? What do you value?
I was always curious about the Internet. I was exposed to the Internet at a very early age and I've been hooked since. I've also always been a huge advocate for free speech and expression (since my high school debate and journalism days).

I greatly value tech and speech.
So Internet law (and later, #Section230) was an obvious fit for me.

There's likely a legal field, or area of study, that matches whatever it is you're generally interested in or passionate about. Figure out those interests first. Match them to a legal field last.
For example, maybe you're really passionate about helping marginalized or disadvantaged communities.

Then you might thrive with human rights law, immigration law, family law, criminal justice reform, etc.
Maybe you're a huge technology or cybersecurity geek.

You might find your niche with Internet law, telecom law, privacy law, AI law, etc.
And then you have your "cross-over" fields like Intellectual property law. You can mold IP law to fit really anything you're passionate about because likely, IP makes up some part of your interest area (like sports or entertainment).

There's something out there for everyone.
Dig deep and think about what it is that makes you tick. When you want to read something, what do you gravitate towards? What are you curious about? Why are you here?

When you listen to the news, what topics fire you up the most? What are you an expert in? What is your "thing"?
If you match the legal field to whatever it is you're passionate about, you really will never work a day in your life.

If you're a 0L, consider using your summer to learn more about yourself. Indulge your intellectual curiosity. The legal field (and career) will soon follow.
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