WHAT IS AN ALTERNATIVE CAREER?
An alternative legal career is one where licensure or even law school graduation is not a prerequisite. Legal training and the application of legal skills can benefit lawyers who choose to pursue these opportunities. In some cases, a law degree may help someone to succeed in a field outside the practice of law. In other cases, legal experience may afford a law graduate a decided advantage over those who have not been to law school.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A LAW DEGREE
(BESIDES PRACTICE LAW)?
From consulting to real estate to health care to HR, there are many non-traditional options available, and deciding upon a non-traditional legal career should be a thoughtful process. There are pros and cons to beginning your career outside of a traditional legal practice, and the information below will help you get started in determining if an alternative legal career is right for you.
ALTERNATIVE CAREER RESOURCES
Via Marquette University Law School, resources for careers in academia, health care, human resources, lobbying & public policy, and real estate
Alternative Careers for JDs
Adapted from a presentation by the Career Development Office at Creighton University School of Law
NALP Educational Conference, April 2010