Wondering what practice area will be sizzling not only when you graduate from law school but for the rest of your career? We checked in with practitioners in various fields to see where they thought their chosen specialty was heading. Surprisingly, some areas that seem to be so hot turn out on closer look to be downright frosty. Constitutional law, for example, which is forever making the news (most recently on the constitutionality of same-sex marriages in Vermont and school vouchers in Ohio) really pays the mortgage for only a handful of attorneys. If you want to go where the action is — and where it will continue to be — consider the following legal specialties.

The Statue of Liberty may still proclaim, “Give me your tired, your poor,” but increasingly, since 1996, U.S. immigration lawyers are asking for your energized and educated. In this booming economy and tight labor market, a growing number of employers are willing to jump the vast hurdles required to hire skilled workers from overseas.

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