Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Alternative Law Careers – Why Don’t They “Count”?

I have seen numerous posts recently about the statistics of law school graduates who don’t become lawyers.  For example, the Balkanization Blog has this post. There are many alternative career paths for law schools graduates (for instance, my career path as a law librarian) that should “count” as success for law school statistics.  I’m not sure that “JD required” is the right benchmark anymore – maybe it should be “JD preferred” or jobs where an advanced degree is required. 

Here are some useful resources for anyone interested in exploring these “alternative” legal career paths:

Deborah Arron, What Can You Do With a Law Degree?: A Lawyer’s Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside & Around the Law (1999)

Susan Echaore-McDavid, Career Opportunities in Law and the Legal Industry (2007)

Gary A. Munneke & William D. Henslee, Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers (2006)

Ursula Furi-Perry, Fifty Unique Legal Paths: How to Find the Right Job (2008)

Deborah Schneider & Gary Belsky, Should You Really Be a Lawyer?: The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During & After Law School (2010)

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, ed., Changing Jobs: A Handbook for Lawyers in the New Millennium (1999)

Kimm Alayne Walton, Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams (2008)


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