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Ten More Non-Traditional Ways to Use a Law Degree

10 more non-traditional ways to use a law degreeHaving a law degree doesn’t always mean practicing law in a law firm. I wrote an earlier list of 10 non-traditional ways to use a law degree. Here are 10 more.

Non-profit administration

Non-traditional job within a law firm such as recruiter, marketer, business developer

Consulting companies that serve law firms such as legal recruiting, marketing, public relations

Contract writing for legal newspapers and publications or writing legal stories for non-legal publications

Political – political advocacy group, think tank or research center, legislature, lobbyist for a law firm, lobbying firm or government agency

Health care – hospital, insurance company, new industries arising out of health care reform

Alternative Dispute Resolution – arbitrator, mediator, hearing officer, ombudsman, dispute resolution professional

Court administration – deputy clerk, clerk, pre-trial services officer, registrar, probation / parole

Environmental – environmental advocate, policy analyst, trade association, resource manager

International Trade – export administrator, export control specialist, import compliance, economic development

Make sure you talk to everyone as you consider your options after law school including your law school career services office, law school alums, undergrad university career services office and alums, mentors, career coach, and recruiting firms.

Here are some websites that may serve as references:

http://www.utoledo.edu/law/career-services/nontraditional.html

www.law2.byu.edu/page/catagories/csopublications/prodevhandbook/2012

www.moritzlaw.osu.edu/careerservices/careers

Here are some books that may serve as references:

Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams by Kimm Alayne Walton

America’s Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree by Kimm Alayne Walton

What Can You Do With a Law Degree by Deborah L Arron

Job Quest for Lawyers: The Essential Guide to Finding and Landing the Job You Want by Sheila Nielsen

Breaking Traditions:  Work Alternatives for Lawyers by Alan T. Ackerman

Many graduates fear their first job determines their entire legal career. You will have many jobs ahead of you and perhaps several careers. Considering a non-traditional approach may be the new normal.

Camille Stell is the Vice President of Client Services for Lawyers Mutual. With over 20 years of experience in the legal field, Camille has advised hundreds of paralegals, law students and lawyers on career development. Contact Camille at 800.662.8843 or Camille@lawyersmutualnc.com.

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Camille Stell

Camille Stell is the Vice President of Client Services for Lawyers Mutual. In 2011, Camille was recognized by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly as a member of the inaugural class of “Leaders in the Law.” In 2016, Camille was recognized by the Triangle Business Journal as a “Women in Business” award winner. Continue this conversation by contacting Camille at camille@lawyersmutualnc.com or 800.662.8843.

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