The Importance Of Studying Corporate Law Or Labor / Employment Law

1361 WordsNov 15, 20156 Pages
Since childhood, I had invariably been confident in what I wanted to be when I grew up - to be a lawyer. As far as what area of law I want to study, though, the answer has not been quite as clear. For years I have teetered back and forth between the idea of studying corporate law or labor/employment law. In order to aid in the decision making process, I have researched the job outlook for both positions, their salaries, education requirements, working environment, and job duties. Since both areas are still in the legal profession, their job outlook, pay, and hours are fairly similar. Largely, their differences lie within the work environment. Duties In TV and movies, corporate lawyers are portrayed in a certain light. They are seen as…show more content…
There are several subcategories one can focus on as a corporate lawyer. Those include – but are not limited to – contract, intellectual property, legislative compliance, and liability matters (Thinking About Law School, n.d.). They advise companies on a variety of situations such as harassment, financial issues, initial public offerings, mergers, or acquisitions, contract negotiations, securities and tax law, code compliance, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and financial reporting. Of all the areas to study in the realm of law, corporate law is most aligned with the business world. Anyone who is interested in finance would enjoy what it is corporate lawyers handle. Labor lawyers, while keeping the best interest of the company at heart, work to protect those who work for companies. They are defined as having the duty of “addressing the legal rights of workers and their employers”. They aid in disputes over wages, hours, child labor, safety in the workplace, worker 's compensations, benefits, sexual harassment, gender, age, disabilities, and a variety of other circumstances. They are not limited to only representing an employee, though. They could act on behalf of an individual, groups of employees, a union entity, employees of that union entity, government workers, interest groups, large businesses, small businesses, government agencies, etc. In this practice, they may not just
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