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What can you do with your law degree and practice experience besides practicing law?

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A. Harrison Barnes
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What can you do with your law degree and practice experience besides practicing law? The options are astonishingly wide. Here are just a few of the most common nontraditional ways lawyers and recent graduates make use of their legal background without practicing law.

For more ideas, see 60 Nontraditional Jobs You Can Do with a Law Degree (and Should Strongly Consider Doing).


Servicing the Legal Profession. Let's start with law firms themselves. Former practitioners happily serve as firm managers or administrators, or as directors of practice development, client services, professional development and associate recruiting.

You can also work for one of the thousands of service providers to the profession, many of which were founded by former practicing lawyers. Any edition of The National Law Journal or ABA Journal will offer dozens of examples: computer software vendors, contract lawyer placement agencies, litigation management and legal research services, and jury, marketing or management consultants.

And don't forget the publishers of legal books, magazines, newsletters and newspapers, as well as the increasing number of online services. All of them hire law school graduates in departments as diverse as editorial, sales, management, acquisitions and training.

Regulation or Enforcement Specialist. In general, corporations and government agencies are interested in lawyers with knowledge relevant to compliance and enforcement functions. Examples include ADA, affirmative action, the environment, employee benefits, internal ethics, labor relations and legislative or community affairs. Purchasing agent and contract administration positions are also prevalent.

Educational Administration. Most law schools these days prefer to hire law school graduates for positions in career services, alumni relations, fundraising, and CLE. Colleges and universities also hire lawyers as ADA and EEO investigators, to monitor risk management, human resources, or technology transfer, or to work in contract negotiation and administration.

Nonprofit Management. Every bar association and function provides opportunities for law school graduates to manage or supervise operations. Lawyers frequently handle discipline, CLE, attorney assistance, mentoring, public affairs and lobbying functions.

Nonprofit organizations outside the legal profession often look to their volunteers – many of whom are lawyers – to fill new positions as directors or project managers, or specialists in development or planned giving.


About Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes is the founder of LawCrossing and an internationally recognized expert in attorney search and placement. Harrison is extremely committed to and passionate about the profession of legal placement. Harrison’s writings about attorney careers and placement attract millions of reads each year. LawCrossing has been ranked on the Inc. 500 twice. For more information, please visit Harrison Barnes’ bio.

About LawCrossing
LawCrossing has received tens of thousands of attorneys jobs and has been the leading legal job board in the United States for almost two decades. LawCrossing helps attorneys dramatically improve their careers by locating every legal job opening in the market. Unlike other job sites, LawCrossing consolidates every job in the legal market and posts jobs regardless of whether or not an employer is paying. LawCrossing takes your legal career seriously and understands the legal profession. For more information, please visit www.LawCrossing.com.

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Harrison Barnes does a weekly free webinar with live Q&A for attorneys and law students each Wednesday at 10:00 am PST. You can attend anonymously and ask questions about your career, this article, or any other legal career-related topics. You can sign up for the weekly webinar here: Register on Zoom

Harrison also does a weekly free webinar with live Q&A for law firms, companies, and others who hire attorneys each Wednesday at 10:00 am PST. You can sign up for the weekly webinar here: Register on Zoom

You can browse a list of past webinars here: Webinar Replays

You can also listen to Harrison Barnes Podcasts here: Attorney Career Advice Podcasts

You can also read Harrison Barnes' articles and books here: Harrison's Perspectives


Harrison Barnes is the legal profession's mentor and may be the only person in your legal career who will tell you why you are not reaching your full potential and what you really need to do to grow as an attorney--regardless of how much it hurts. If you prefer truth to stagnation, growth to comfort, and actionable ideas instead of fluffy concepts, you and Harrison will get along just fine. If, however, you want to stay where you are, talk about your past successes, and feel comfortable, Harrison is not for you.

Truly great mentors are like parents, doctors, therapists, spiritual figures, and others because in order to help you they need to expose you to pain and expose your weaknesses. But suppose you act on the advice and pain created by a mentor. In that case, you will become better: a better attorney, better employees, a better boss, know where you are going, and appreciate where you have been--you will hopefully also become a happier and better person. As you learn from Harrison, he hopes he will become your mentor.

To read more career and life advice articles visit Harrison's personal blog.

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