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Is An Alternative Legal Career for You?

Is An Alternative Legal Career for you?The landscape of the legal profession has drastically changed in recent years. Instead of asking students what area of practice they plan to pursue, the question may become “what do you plan to do with your law degree”?

Wednesday, October 15th, the North Carolina Bar Association through its Center for Practice Management hosted their first Alt JD Conference. Branding expert Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You, was the keynote speaker.

After talking with a few law students who were attending the conference, it seems more students are thinking about alternative careers while they are attending law school.

Here is a list of non-traditional careers where a law degree may be helpful:

Law firm administration – marketing, recruiting, librarian, personnel, other

Law school - professor, administrator, career services, admissions, law librarian, other

Bar Association - CLE, administration, membership services, other

Human Resources for association, law firm, other business

Non-profit – executive director, staff member, marketing

Undergraduate professor

Instructor in paralegal program

Court administrator

Government – investigator, contracts, social services, other

Law enforcement such as State Bureau of Investigation or Federal Bureau of Investigation


Legal vendor – sales, trainer, marketing

Business or entrepreneur

Make sure you talk to your law school career services office. Those folks aren’t practicing law either and they will know other alums who aren’t practicing law who are successful. Also, 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

Reinventing You by Dorie Clark

Strengthsfinders 2.0 by Tom Rath

StrengthsQuest: Helping Students Achieve Academic, Career and Personal Success published by Gallup

Many graduates fear their first job determines their entire legal career. That is no longer the case. You will have many jobs ahead of you and perhaps several careers. Considering an alternative legal career may be the new normal for a majority of recent law grads.

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



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Camille Stell

Camille Stell is President of Lawyers Mutual Consulting and Services, offering succession planning, business development coaching, keynote presentations and more. Continue this conversation by contacting Camille at or 800.662.8843.

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