Books and movies such as The Firm and The Devil's Advocate portray the corporate lawyer's life as one filled with wealth, power, and prestige–not to mention the potential for scandal and corruption. While corporate law is not quite as glamorous as Hollywood makes it seem, the solid salary, potential for high-profile work, and relative job security during times of economic turbulence keep it among the hottest practice areas for JDs.

If you like negotiating deals and working with banks and businesses large and small, you might be the type of lawyer best suited for the corporate practice of law. But keep in mind that the wheeling and dealing may be a long way off for the newly-minted corporate associate, especially at a big firm: Be prepared to spend many hours rifling through documents and drafting boilerplate agreements for partners and senior associates before you get to lead the deal team.