Q: I hear about alternative careers for lawyers but don’t really know what that means. What are some examples of alternative types of jobs lawyers do?
A: There are many. Being a manager or executive in a non-profit, a director of corporate social responsibility or sustainability in a company, or working in a law firm in attorney recruiting or training are just a few examples of the many roles having a law degree lends itself to in a variety of sectors. Or, lawyers may call upon their transferable skills (such as writing, negotiating, advocating), combine them with an underlying interest or talent (such as travel, social media, culinary skills) and find or create an alternative role.
A September, 2014 Washington Post article, headlined “Lawyers who switch careers find happiness in baking, tech and other fields,” is but one resource for learning more about the wide range of things lawyers do other than practice law. Once you start to look into it, there is plenty of information out there. Think practically yet expansively and use your degree in a way that pays off, for you, whether you take a traditional or alternative route.