As a licensed professional, a lawyer may pursue many career paths and forms of employment, including sole practitioner to association with other lawyers in a small, medium or large firm, government employment, judicial or regulatory roles, public interest, academic pursuits and teaching and in-house work for business entities or non-profit organizations. The pace of change of the law and legal career opportunities are such that a lawyer typically needs to reassess their career choice every three to five years to decide if staying in their current position or making a change best suits growth, personal satisfaction, work-life balance and other financial and values-oriented goals. inding a specialized practice area that suits skills, values and personal life choices is much more common today and, in some instances, expected and encouraged. Specialization can be an avenue for enacting values. There are many examples of personal passions and values guiding a lawyer to pursue a specialization.