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Nonpracticing and Alternative Careers

A law degree is valuable, whether you decide to practice law or not. Remember that there are lawyers employed in almost every type of organization in both legal and non-legal positions. Over the past several years, an average of six percent of UT Law graduates have accepted nonpracticing or alternative positions directly out of law school. These positions are defined as jobs for which a law degree is of value, but may not be required.

Only the scope of your imagination limits the opportunities available to you. Your law degree adds to the educational and professional experiences you acquired prior to law school and broadens your career opportunities. The CSO presents a variety of programs throughout the year on specific alternative career paths. In addition, students are encouraged to attend additional career fairs offered on campus to network with a variety of employers. UT Law alumni who are involved in the Non-Practicing Alumni Advisory Council are also excellent sources of information about alternative careers. The University's Sanger Learning Center can offer you ideas about alternative careers and the UT-Austin Business Information Center offers handouts on finding companies and contacts and industry information.