Most people go to law school because they want to help people, argue in court, or work on sophisticated legal issues. Most do not belief a family law practice offers that, but they are mistaken. Helping individuals resolve problems, in contrast to making corporations more money, can be very fulfilling and will show you directly how your legal knowledge and skills can make a difference in someone’s life. Family law is also a very litigation based practice. Depending on the jurisdiction you practice in, there should be numerous opportunities to make court appearances, argue motions, or try the whole case, in the event negotiations are not successful. While many family law cases do not involve sophisticated legal issues, some do, and in those cases, you will be called upon to understand and argue complex business as well as family law issues. Because you will be dealing directly with people, you will also need a working knowledge of real estate, bankruptcy, will and estates and perhaps even criminal law.
Because 40 to 50 percent of American marriages end in divorce, long term prospects in this field are excellent. Family law can and is practiced in every jurisdiction as well. Family law is not for everybody, but if you want to help people and be in the courtroom, this area may be one for you to consider.