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Top 11 Non-Legal Careers for Former Lawyers

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Summary: There are plenty of great non-legal jobs that a person can do with a law degree, and sometimes those jobs are more rewarding and better paying.
 
Top 11 Non-Legal Careers for Former Lawyers
 
  • Even if a person does go to law school, that doesn’t necessarily mean they want to practice law as a profession.
  • There can be a strong chance that person may want to enter a profession that doesn’t necessarily involve the practice of law.
  • Nonetheless, having a law degree can open other doors for a law school graduate.
  • Keep reading to find out the top 11 non-legal careers law school graduates may find as fulfilling, if not more fulfilling than embarking on a full-fledge legal career.

People go to law school for various reasons. Some knew they wanted to practice law since they were kids. A few attend because they were inspired to change the world. Others do it to please their families or because they don’t know what else to do with their lives. Whatever the initial motivation, portions who graduate with their J.D. degree never go on to become lawyers or other legal professionals. But that doesn’t mean the three years they spent in school was in vain. There are plenty of great non-legal jobs that a person can do with a law degree, and sometimes those jobs are more rewarding and better paying, experts say.

“In my career spanning more than two decades as an attorney and legal recruiter, I have met an astonishing number of people who have chosen nontraditional legal careers,” Harrison Barnes, CEO of BCG Attorney Search, wrote for LawCrossing. “With very, very few exceptions, most of these people are far happier than they ever were practicing law. A good number of these people who left the legal practice also make more money in their new professions.”

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