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Does anyone here practice white collar defense and do you enjoy it? Despise my practice area and considering leaving the law altogether but thinking of trying to switch practice areas before I do that.

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I practice it and mildly enjoy it. It depends on what kind of white collar defense you want to do. Mine has been more BigLaw focused: representing clients for SEC testimony and responding to subpoenas, responding to DOJ subpoenas and CIDs (more in the healthcare/qui tam context). I haven't been exposed to really any trial work, which is another aspect of white collar defense.

It can be pretty document-heavy (collection and review), but working with clients and interviewing employees is fun.

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Yeah if you're not feeling biglaw life generally, you're not going to get something wildly different in white collar biglaw. It's still oriented towards the same kinds of tasks that often befall companies in litigation. You could try to do white collar work as a platform for transitioning to a federal public defender or AUSA job.

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What is it that you specially despise? I’m in it and can understand there are definitely boring parts of it.

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I find it really repetitive and helping companies is just not meaningful to me. Everything is about money and that’s it. I’m also in a somewhat technical corporate speciality which I think makes it worse because sometimes boring science is involved lol

I do investigations/white collar and I think it’s more interesting than general litigation. It’s very fact-intensive which is what I like

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