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Alternative Careers

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

Alternative/Non-Traditional Careers
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

Examples of Non-Traditional Jobs for Law-Trained Professionals

From Lawyer to Administrator (via www.nalp.org)

Alternative Careers & Things to Consider

Alternative Careers for Lawyers: Websites of Interest

The Before & After Resume: Effective Resumes for the Alternative Career Job Search

Handling Tough Interview Issues

Alternative Career Testimonials (via www.nalp.org)

Industries That Hire People with JDs

Higher Education Law At a Glance

Top 50 Consulting Firms (via www.vault.com)

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