Your bar exam is fast approaching, but you’re suddenly unclear as to whether being an attorney is the right path for you. Well, that could be law graduate jitters, or it could mean you should explore a little before you nail a job. We offer you a list of other law degree career ideas for those holding a JD degree.
By all means, prep for your bar exam and pass it! We’ll help you, if you head over to ReedBarReview. Meanwhile, have a look at these ideas.
You may need to think about a counseling degree or certification— not too tough to get. You’ll be skilled in understanding the stresses of any field, since you made it through one of the toughest processes, law school. School counselor, corporate training counselor, career counselor. Use your imagination.
Negotiation, Advocacy, and Conflict Resolution
Legal knowledge is a definite leg-up in these fields. You can read more here about careers in negotiation.
Development Aid Agencies
Here’s where you can begin to read about these jobs that help in emerging countries. Almost every nation has many such private agencies and opportunity is very real for someone with your education and qualifications.
Government and Politics
So you want to be a politician? You’d like a government job? Ideas: special agent for departments like FBI, state bureaus of investigation, Homeland Security, and so forth. Foreign services officer? You’ll have to pass a background check, of course.
Almost anyone who’s anyone in government and politics is a lawyer. Pass your bar and aim high!
Finance, Banking, Economics
It goes without saying that this is a complicated and deeply layered field. If you like working with money and the concepts of finance, start here.
By this time, you have all the needed characteristics and traits. Your network probably also includes people who could be of huge value to you. If you have the courage to go it alone, seek out a business you’re passionate about and, while you’re at it, consider crowd sourcing for funding it. Hey! You could even be an attorney!
Field of Education
You can teach, become a professor, a corporate trainer, professor, teacher, instructor, law coach, tutor, or focus on doing research to fix and improve existing laws.
Freelance or Staff Writing—Books, Articles, Papers
Many publications are leaning on freelancers since budgets for a huge staff are long gone. You can also get hired by various publishers to write a book series, edit legal books, or coach authors who don’t have the writing skills you have. You can ghost write books about law.
Why Are You Qualified?
By now, you have learned to do all this, or you wouldn’t have made it through law school:
- Critical thinking/analytical writing
- Organize thoughts and simplify complex ideas
- Public and persuasive speaking, negotiation
- Counsel, teach, work as part of a team
- Compile and organize facts, data, and information
- Highly effective research
By way of having learned all of those skills, you’ve acquired highly desirable traits like the ability to motivate and discipline yourself to remain organized and productive. You’re certainly goal-oriented and can focus on detail. Your resume can encompass all of your past, related jobs prior to law school, your activities and successes in law school, and jobs you’ve held as you finished your law studies.
If you’re not sure being an attorney is the right path for you, study up on the ideas listed above, or use your imagination to find some more. Get professional help in writing a resume directed toward the career field you choose, and dive in. You can do anything you want, if you’re willing to struggle just a bit more to get there.