esquire, that is absolutely wrong. I personally know attorney who wanted to practice entertainment law. They planned to do this before law school, went to 2nd tier schools with such concentrations, and are very successful in the industry. As Matthies says, professors and connections can be very important. Niche business practices require more than just a good generalist education. Even if one goes into a generalist practice, it will take a long time to learn on the job the skills they need, so one is at an advantage to already have those before practice. Why do you think JD/MBAs are preffered at some firms, why do you think patent firms sometimes pay extra for Ph.ds, etc, etc. I know I would personally rather hire a corporate attorney with a Finance and Business background than one who majored in English and decided to go the law school for kicks, barring some excellent training and track record.
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