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Alternative Careers for Lawyers

POLITICS/GOVERNMENT

  • Campaign Manager
  • Campaign Finance Director
  • Court Administrator
  • Elected Official
  • Ethics Officer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Land Use Examiner
  • Legislation and Policy Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Ombudsman
  • Political Fundraiser
  • Risk Manager
  • Speechwriter
  • Special Project Administrator

HIGHER EDUCATION/CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • Business Law Professor at a graduate school of business
  • College professor
  • Community college professor
  • Dean of Student Affairs at a law school (may involve teaching)
  • Director of Alumni Relations at a law school (often involves fundraising)
  • Instructor in a court reporter program
  • Instructor in a legal assistant program
  • Instructor for community college law-related courses
  • Instructor for bar association-sponsored CLE programs
  • Law Librarian
  • Law School Dean
  • Law School Career Services Office Director
  • Member of an educational think tank

LABOR UNIONS

  • Administrator/manager
  • Labor negotiator
  • Union Representative

COUNSELING, MEDIATION, ARBITRATION, and OMBUDSMAN

Possible employers include:

  • community dispute resolution boards in various cities
  • corporate counseling (with master’s degree in applied behavioral science)
  • court systems
  • experimental psychology and cognitive psychology (with a Ph.D.)
  • government agencies
  • labor unions
  • marriage, family, and child counseling (with master’s degree)
  • not-for-profit groups
  • panels such as American Arbitration Association
  • psychological counseling (with master’s in psychology)
  • social work (with master’s degree)
  • therapy group leader
  • university, hospital, prison, media, government and corporate ombudsman programs

LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • CIA Agent
  • Court Bailiff
  • Criminal Investigator
  • FBI Agent
  • Juvenile Justice Director
  • Police Administration
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Sheriff
  • Special Agent with the Department of Justice in customs, narcotics, U.S. Marshal Service, border patrol, Secret Service

LEGAL PUBLISHERS, RESEARCH FIRMS AND LEGAL WRITING

  • Computer-aided Legal Research Trainer
  • Continuing Legal Education Program Designer
  • Continuing Legal Education Program Panelist
  • Editor of legal magazine
  • Editor of legal newspaper
  • Editor, writer, owner or publisher of a legal newsletter
  • Freelance writer or reporter for legal magazine, newspaper, or newsletter
  • Managing Editor
  • Research and writing
  • Product Development Manager
  • Writer or editor for an on-line legal news service

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Agent for athletes or actors
  • Book author
  • Corporate Communications Company President
  • Director of Contracting for corporation
  • Public Relations
  • Technical Writer
  • Television Producer (particularly court programs)

BUSINESS

  • Actuary
  • Bank Vice President
  • Business Appraiser
  • Career counseling
  • Corporate counseling
  • Corporate Marketing
  • Errors and omissions examiner
  • Equal Opportunity Officer
  • Event Management
  • Facilities Manager
  • Field Education Director
  • Financial Plans Sales Director
  • Headhunter
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Insurance broker
  • Insurance claim adjuster
  • International Trade Analyst
  • Investment Banking
  • Leasing Contract Administrator for financial institution
  • Mergers and acquisitions specialist
  • Organization Development Specialist
  • Pension and profit sharing analyst
  • Stockbroker
  • Telecommunications Director

Source: Hindi Greenberg, Lawyer’s Career Change Handbook: More Than 300 Things You Can Do With A Law Degree, Avon Books, 1998