Researching Areas of Law [Part 2]


It can be very difficult to decide what area of law you want to specialise in. There is an array of choice when it comes to practising law from corporate to planning and infrastructure, no two layers are the same. This is the second instalment in a three-part thread aiming to provide an insight into the vast world of legal sectors.


The boundaries of environmental law are ambiguous.

Choose this if you have…

  • Analytical skills and are good at managing change.

  • The ability to adapt to a constantly shifting legal landscape and are comfortable working on numerous and varied matters.

  • A deeply held belief in the importance of protecting the environment.

Environmental lawyers advise on the requirements of environmental law for the protection of air, soil and the water environment, flora and fauna and habitats, management of waste and the possible liabilities that may flow where regulations aren’t complied with or harm is caused as a result of pollution.

Environmental law deals with multiple layers of law, policy and guidance. The role requires a commercial understanding of how risk is managed by organisations.

As a trainee

Trainees’ tasks are varied; however, they involve more legal and policy research than is generally included in other seats.

The work is often topical, and it may encompass EU and international law.

Trainees may also assist with environmental due diligence on corporate transactions.

Environmental teams in larger law firms are usually small so there are typically more opportunities to take on higher levels of responsibility than in other training contract seats.

Overall, environmental law is intellectually rewarding.

Types of law practised

  • Statutory regulation.

  • Tort.

  • Contract.

  • Criminal.

  • Public administrative.


Family law suits those with an aptitude for advocacy.

Choose this if you have…

  • The empathy to ensure clients will put their trust in you.

  • An aptitude for advocacy.

  • Negotiation skills.

  • Tenacity – clients need to know you are on their side. Sometimes that means standing up to an angry client or managing their expectations.

  • The analytical skills to find undisclosed assets in a set of ac