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Some students venture into the legal path by applying to law school. The prospective law student needs critical understanding of human institutions and values. Here political science offers a good preparation, focusing on government institutions and the political process which influences the legal branch. Despite the relative steady annual growth in the number of law graduates, the demand for lawyers remain. There are many different areas of specialization within law and the demand for lawyers with expertise in the newer fields of regulation and public policy, such as environmental law and international law is valuable. Furthermore, increasing numbers of persons with legal training are being employed by corporations, governments, banks, the media, and virtually all types of organizations in American society and internationally.