Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hot alternative legal careers according to the New York State Bar Association’s Lawyers in Transition Committee

During a recent panel discussion sponsored by New York State Bar Association's Committee on Lawyers in Transition, the topic of "hot" alternative careers for lawyers was addressed.  You can watch a video of the full two hour panel discussion here, or as an alternative, the National Jurist Magazine has a good summary of the panel's suggestions here.  Among the recommendations, the panel talked about pursuing job opportunities in the following fields:

  • Government Relations
  • Banking
  • Academia
  • Appellate Services

Not to throw a wet blanket on the NYSBA's recommendations but the legal academic job market isn't exactly thriving right now.  In fact, many law school faculties have shrunk over the past few years with buy-outs and lay-offs becoming more commonplace.   That means the competition for the small number of openings that do exist is more ferocious than ever.  But hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

Again, if you want to check out a video of the full panel discussion click here or read the National Jurist Magazine's coverage and commentary here.


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