After graduating from any law school, you probably think that practicing law is the only option left for you. However, some of these days’ law school grads, are already securing the incredibly diverse careers outside the field of law.
Usually, graduates would probably apply for a temporary legal secretary in New York, paralegals, document reviews or other legal-related jobs after they finished law school.
Aside from all the possible legal jobs one can take, unique paths are already been received by these graduates reinforcing the versatility of a law degree.
Should you attend law schools and later on decide to do more than merely practicing law, you might enjoy numerous opportunities in a wide variety of industries.
Here are some nontraditional fields you may leverage onto your law degree.
- Journalism: There are countless well-known broadcast journalists, reporters and TV personalities who studied law for a precursor to a career in journalism. Some of these people are Jeff Greenfield, a former CBS News, and a senior correspondent who went to Yale Law School. Cynthia McFadden a co-anchor of ABC News’s Primetime and Nightingale, she graduated from Columbia Law School.
What has allowed these people to jump from law to media? Attending law school lets you learn to communicate clearly, synthesize ideas and to get quickly to the heart of every issue. These are the skills critical in journalism.
- Real estate: You could transition from law into real estate investing. It is because, in law school, you will be able to learn a great deal in negotiating and structuring financial transactions. This will maximize returns, minimize the risks and be tax efficient as much as possible.
- Nonprofit management: Abraham Foxman, a national director of Anti-Defamation League, is a graduate of New York University School of Law.
It is very common to think of lawyers as impact litigation at the leading nonprofit organizations, just like NAACP. Still it is important to remember that some attorneys are also holding senior executive positions on nonprofits as well. The management training and leadership, as well as problem-solving skills, are enhanced in law school. These prepare them well for this kind of positions.
- Entrepreneurship: The entrepreneurs, like lawyers, must think creatively and critically. These will help them be able to solve different challenging problems with all their limited resources’ and would thereby create value.
- The Arts: Some nest selling authors such as John Grisham (The Firm) is a law school graduate from University of Mississippi School of Law. He’s legal background played a very significant role in his literary success.
As you start to embark on your law school journey, what are the possible paths you would take after law school? Will you still pursue legal jobs or would decide to try nonlegal work?
These unique career paths are another opportunity a law school graduate can take. It gives you a large variety of options.
As you pick a career, just make sure you are prepared for it. Be productive, choose unique paths!