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
- Law Practice Today: The Alternative Careers Issue (September 2017)
- 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)