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Whether we are in good economic times or bad, lawyers have always been curious about non-traditional legal careers. You would like to use your J.D., but you don’t necessarily want to be a litigator or a corporate lawyer. What are your options?
As featured via National Jurist, Hot Alternative Legal Careers for 2014, here are some of the hot alternative legal careers trending right now, as discussed at a recent panel held by the New York State Bar Association’s Lawyers in Transition Committee. The panel featured 4 lawyers who have transitioned into different career paths.
1. Government Relations - Those interested in government affairs should get involved in volunteer political organizations, and use networking sites such as LinkedIn, to make connections.
2. Banking - For those interested in banking, recommendations include joining associations that serve the banking and real estate communities, and using LinkedIn to find others in the same field.
3. Academia - So many law schools have J.D.'s working in administrative and teaching positions in many different departments. Schools often like to hire alums for internal positions, so it makes sense to stay involved with your own alma mater, and network with them, if you are interested in a career in academia.
For the law students out there who may be interested in alternative career paths, are there any other opportunities not included in this article?