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tion and genetically modified foods are
just a few of the complex and cutting-edge
issues that lawyers encounter.
The growing number of handheld devices, laptop computers and even household
appliances connected to the internet open
companies and individuals to a greater risk
of cyber attacks.
"Every point of contact is a point of
cyber vulnerability," said Pam Woldow,
principal at Legal Leadership in
Philadelphia. "Savvy companies are looking
not just for lawyers skilled at dealing with
inevitable security breaches after they occur
but for experts in taking preventive steps
and advising on compliance issues as well."
Cyber crimes related to the use of
mobile devices, social media and cloud
computing did not exist 10 years ago, and
are expected to continue to evolve.
Energy and Environmental
The boom in fracking and renewable energy sources is creating new opportunities
for lawyers who understand the complex
regulatory framework governing the energy
"Fracking has changed the way people perceive energy law," said professor
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University College of Law. "Today there are
all kinds of jobs for lawyers, ranging from
insurance defense and transactional leasing
to regulatory and environmental work."
A sophisticated knowledge of the law is
also necessary for handling climate change
and biodiversity loss.
The United State's acquisition of services,
supplies and construction totals more than
$500 billion a year. For practicing lawyers,
these high levels of government contracting
represent a wealth of opportunities.
"An LL.M. in government procurement law is the mark of unique academic
and professional development training,"
Thornton said. "Within the government
procurement bar in the U.S., and internationally, practitioners who hold an LL.M.
are recognized as having an exceptional
depth of understanding of the legal and
policy complexities within this highly regulated area of law."
Procurement lawyers also help clients
investigate violations of laws and regulations, create sophisticated compliance programs and represent clients in contract,
intellectual property and construction matters.
The health care industry is in a constant
state of flux these days. The digitization
of health records, changes in billing procedures, expansion of clinical research and
innovation in biotechnology are creating
new work for lawyers.
The regulatory landscape is expected to
continue to evolve, and lawyers will need
to take a more interdisciplinary approach
to evolving regulations in bioethics, clinical
trials and biotechnology. Lawyers in health
care are challenged by complex issues such
as intellectual property, privacy, insurance
"Insurance law is the least studied practice
area in law schools, but it is the most practiced," said Peter Kochenburger, executive
director of the insurance LL.M. program at
University of Connecticut School of Law.
Insurance laws touch many facets of
daily life, spinning a complex web of regulations. This practice area extends far
beyond automobile insurance and health
care. Insurance regulation also involves
issues such as finance, human rights and
climate change. Lawyers that practice in