Alternate Careers Lawyers Should Consider

With the economy being what it is these days, more and more people are feeling the pinch. Many lawyers are feeling the pinch, as more and more students graduate from law school and enter the super competitive legal field. Some are even considering making a career change. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of alternate careers lawyers can get into. Here are three easiest alternative careers lawyers can break into:

1. Freelance legal work. If you’ve just been laid off from your big firm, you may not need to make an actual career change at all – a lateral move can often be just as satisfying (and lucrative!). This is an especially simple way for lawyers to break into different legal specialties, too. If you’re tired of working with tax law 60 hours a week, try devoting 10 to personal injury. Why not?

2. Freelance writing. There are all kinds of journals, papers and magazines that could use a fresh legal perspective – your legal knowledge could earn you money, without having to do any actual legal work. Write up some query letters and send them off to as many editors as you can find. With such an advanced degree, lawyers doing freelance writing work can command a high per-word fee.
3. Consulting work. This is one of the easiest career change moves for a lawyer to make. There are lots of businesses, both large and small, that are in need of legal consultants. This work can often be rewarding, and is a fantastic way to break up the monotony of day-to-day legal work. As an added bonus, contracted consultants usually are able to charge significantly more per hour than their salaried counterparts. The hardest part of making this kind of career change is finding the actual consulting gigs, so having above average networking skills are important.

Profitable Career Opportunities After Graduation

There are many careers to choose from these days. What is important for most people is that is there are opportunities after graduation. Here perhaps are some careers that you may choose from. Some of them are new and some are tried and tested. Depending on your inclination, you have the following career paths you can take:

– Bio tech engineering / research. This is the “in” career these days. Researching or developing cures for the world’s ailments is a noble thing. Profitability is also good. However this career takes some time and years to get good at. The hits and misses from trials and testing stages do also take some time, depending on which protocols one is using. Undergraduate and post graduate degrees in this line of career path include: bio engineering, all science related degrees, chemical engineering and the like.

– Lawyers. Being a lawyer is still a safe and good career path to take these days. Depending on where you are, the specific areas of expertise may differ. In San Diego, being a DUI lawyer is a good field to take. A San Diego DUI lawyer deals with many cases of those arrested for being DUI. The regulations and laws in San Diego necessitate in hiring a lawyer because of its complications. It is something worth looking into. On the other hand, those living in Cardiff, Wales would specialize in Mercantile Law and contracts that deal with shipping acquisitions and transactions. In Los Angeles, lawyers specialize in management contracts and negotiations for financing for movie deals and the like.

– Software engineering and development. Computers have become integrated in our lives these days that its development for making our lives better is needed more than ever. Software development may be development for web applications, business applications, business transactions application, gaming, security development applications and many more. Computer hardware has become so inexpensive these days that so many applications can be placed on both the desktop and the laptop.

– Financial Services. These services extend to beyond internal and external accounting. The lifeblood of any business is in the financial side. Knowing how you are doing enables you to make informed decisions whether to expand or contract, whether to borrow or call in for more capital infusion from its incorporators. The development of other financial services that may attract investors is also needed much these days. More importantly, getting customers to invest their money into your product is very much needed, especially after the financial crisis of 2007/2008. Building on their credibility is the strategy.

The Right Career Path

One of the scariest things is not knowing whether you’re on the right career path. After years and years of studying for a career, you suddenly discover that you don’t even like the profession and you’re only a year away from graduation.

Many people go into careers because it’s expected of them. Everyone in the family is a doctor or a lawyer, so junior must be one, too. It doesn’t even matter whether he loves the field; the expectation is there that he follows in his parent’s footsteps.

There are so many students who don’t know what they want to do with their lives that they change their major almost as often as they change their underwear. They keep pushing the graduation date further and further away so that they don’t have to make such a momentous decision.

When I was going to college, I wanted to become a philosopher. The trouble was that there were no job listings in the Classified Ads section of the newspaper for a philosopher. And I didn’t know what else I could be. I certainly didn’t have the job skills to be anything else.

I wish I knew at seventeen what I know now about picking a career. It would have saved me years and years of trying to figure out what I might be good at and what would hold my interest.

With age and experience come a lot of wisdom. Nowadays, I tell my clients to make a list of all the things they feel passionate about. Then, I tell them to take summer jobs in those fields, without pay, and see if they love the work. Not just like the work, but love the work.

I had a client who was in her mid-thirties when she came to me with a career decision. She wanted to get out of the field she was in but she didn’t know what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. I knew she was good at science and math but she wasn’t the type of person who could be described as the milk of human kindness. She also didn’t like to get dirty.

There was one branch of medicine that I thought would be perfect for her. When I suggested it to her, she blanched and told me she couldn’t stand blood. She had been my client for a couple of decades and I had a feeling that as long as it wasn’t her blood, she could stand to see someone else’s.

At three o’clock in the morning, I took her to one of the hospitals and introduced myself to the floor nurse and told her that my client was considering going into medicine but she didn’t know if she could stand the sight of blood, and asked her if she could visit the surgical floor.

The nurse was very kind. She cleared the way for us, introduced us to the nurses on the surgical floor, and gave us clearance to visit all the rooms.

We looked at the IVs that were attached to arms, listened to people crying, screaming, or moaning, watched the nurses attending the patients, changing dressings, and all the other things that my client didn’t think she could endure.

As long as it wasn’t her blood, or her pain, she not only endured it, she was fascinated. The next week she signed up for a branch of med school that didn’t involve her getting dirty or drawing blood, and to this day, she enjoys her work. She also has staff to do the dirty work and to keep the exam rooms clean.

For students who have no idea what they feel passionate about and who want a career direction but don’t want to take unpaid summer jobs to see if they would like working in the field, I often send them to take an Interest and Aptitude test.

Many people have an interest in something but they don’t have the aptitude for it and there are just as many people who have the aptitude for something but they have no interest in it. The Interest and Aptitude test scores it so that you see if you can match your interests with your aptitudes. Then, you have a conference with a counsellor to help you select a career based on your interests and aptitudes.

I don’t think these tests were available in my day but even though they are available today, I don’t think many students are aware of their existence. Moreover, I don’t even know if they have counsellors who have the expertise to put these scores together in a meaningful way for students who are grappling with career choices for their future.

But I do know, now that I am so very much older, if I were starting out today, I would find a way to get tested for my interests and aptitudes and I would find a way of doing an internship without pay, to make sure that I really wanted to go into that field.

Instead of rushing through school so that I could graduate from college at twenty, I would have taken the time to apply for different summer internships to see what I wanted to do with my life.

The only thing I knew about myself at seventeen, is that I was always fascinated by the way people think, how they behave, and how one little word could change the way a person’s thinking and behavior could be changed. And, most of all, I loved fixing everyone’s problems and finding workable solutions for everyone’s problems. It took me half a lifetime to find a career that lets me do the things I feel passionate about.

Now, I feel passionate about helping people find their own passion and directing them into careers that will bring them joy. Almost all careers depend on the economy but if you love what you’re doing, even the toughest economy will be easier to endure than a good economy where you dread getting up in the morning to go to work.

Find your passion. Make a career out of it, and you will never feel as though you are working a day in your life.

by Connie H. Deutsch

Law Careers – Top 10 Law Careers

If you are studying law or considering a career in law then you must at the very beginning analyze what do want to become after passing your law course. In the field of law like the other fields there are abundant career options. If you don’t want to get stuck in an office you can practice independently. Just make sure the profession you choose must be one that matches your temperament, interests and passions. After a point of time, you might get bored and in case of heavy hectic schedule you might just end up quitting. These are a few career options available in the field of law –

1) Public service lawyer take up the administrative roles in the larger interest of serving the public. You can also take up job with local NGOs and do legal public work, fight cases for the underprivileged or the poor. You can also take up administrative roles like that of a policy officer and a project manager. A guy with a big heart would just fit into this field. The money might be a little less compared to other sectors but there is a lot of personal satisfaction.

2) The legal issues are most common in business sector. In order to get a stabilized and continuous growth businesses to indulge in certain misconduct and hire lawyers in bulk to attend to the legal standards of the business and especially be able to meet the demands of the government to have to continuous growth. In corporate sectors and huge multi national companies have a huge demand for corporate lawyers and this profession will have a great lucrative value for a long time to come.

3) You can also go in for legal research which is a more adventurous brand of work. You have immense personal satisfaction and the work will be interesting if you have knack and passion for it.

4) A lawyer can take up work with he non government organizations or humanitarian centers working for the same purpose. The lawyers in this field must be sincere or they don’t stand a chance.

5) The lawyers can also find jobs in law enforcement agencies like the secret service, CIA and so on. They can enroll themselves with the police and any such law enforcing group who always need lawyers.

6) They can find jobs in hospitals. Hospital is a very volatile and sensitive area and if5. Hospitals always have a high job requirement for lawyers to support their entire system.

7) Working in regular government offices more like an administrative job is very common for those who have pursued law; they have a better sense of administration. This is not a public service job as such.

8) They are required in large numbers in media houses. Being a controversial field it is, media houses need legal support to save their skin all the time as they keep landing in trouble.

9) Lawyers can go in for journalism as well as any political news have a legal angle to it and the lawyers can help them analyze the nuances of it.

10) They can go in for social service as social workers. They will be more capable of doing this than just working with them as a resident lawyer.