Entertainment/Sports Law baby...with a little Entertainment IP mixed in.
Exactly what I'm aiming for.
It's rewarding, influential, respectable, flexible, and the job changes daily, so it's exciting. Plus, entertainment lawyers get P-A-I-D! They can make $2M a year or even more after about 10 years if they're really good.
I met an entertainment lawyer (young guy, guest speaker) when I was at Georgetown who wasn't even in the top-50% of his law class at Howard. He made $1.5M in 2004! No need to be partner at your firm or sports/talent agency, just be a hustler and build a good client base that will depend on you. Know your industries well and SAG, the NFL, the NBA, and all the rest will pay top-dollar for your consulting services or negotiating skills. Or if you want to go to Disney, well...have you heard about the salaries they pay? It's ridiculous.
How about doing in-house for MTV, VH-1, Time Warner or E! Entertainment. Cool!!
But you can also do a lot of good in the community. For one, many of the cases in entertainment can be precedents for IP law in general, and that can affect everything from inventions in the medical field, Sillicon Valley and the new innovations in energy, which is going to be the hot new thing. Also, if you're a good criminal lawyer to boot, you may have a Chris Brown you need to get off the hook. There's so much you can do. I'm going to love telling young people of color what I do for a living...immediate, undivided attention, and the ability to positively influence their attitudes about school, the law, and life overall.
But it's difficult to become a star in entertainment law. It's so much more about WHO you know. That's why any entertainment lawyer should try to go BigLaw in NY or CA for a few years and make his connections.