Which niche practice area are attorneys generally happier/engaged in and have more lucrative exit options out of - trusts and estates or FDA regulatory work?

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I’m an FDA regulatory associate and love it. Exit opps are endless—there simply aren’t enough of us to go around. I’m a mid level and have been approached by companies like Apple, Amazon, Chewy, Kimberly Clark, big pharma, etc. Also easy to go to FDA or lateral if you want. I know nothing about T&E but highly recommend my practice.

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Associate 3 - sure

T&E

What exactly would be exit options for a trust and estate atty? At least with the FDA work you can transition govt to private (firm or in-house) or vice versa

Pretty attainable because there’s not a lot of competition. But you have to be willing to hang around in biglaw for up to 5+ years to find the right opportunity, because they don’t pop up all that often. You could get lucky though.

It’s also supposedly the most survivable of biglaw experiences - though I wouldn’t discount the difficulty of it, because it is biglaw, it’s probably marginally easier than most (read:my firm’s) FDA specialty groups.

FDA’s not bad either though.

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Government Contracts - you can exit to any number of government contractors or the government.

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