The economic climate has changed drastically since 2008, and more law students are interested in using their law degrees to pursue careers that do not involve the traditional practice of law. A law degree is extremely versatile and equips students with a fantastic skill set that will aid them in a variety of careers.
Karen Trojanowski is the CDO counselor who is specifically dedicated to helping students explore alternative and non-traditional legal careers. In addition to providing individualized career advice, she is certified to administer the Strong Interest Inventory (SII), which is an individual career assessment tool that gives insight into a person's interests, helping them to make the right career choices. Interested students can contact her directly to arrange an assessment.
There are a growing number of careers in the public and private sector where law degrees are highly valued and are often a preferred credential. Examples of such careers include:
Representative Employers for the Class of 2015
Representative Employers for the Class of 2016
Our post-graduate employment statistics capture employment information for our graduates in their first job after law school. This includes full-time, part-time, short-term and long-term positions. A Juris Doctor degree was strongly valued, but not required, by the employers below. Salaries for new graduates in alternative careers range dramatically because jobs occur in both the private and public sectors, and require different skills and experience.
Career Perspectives Series: Through this series, the CDO hosts a panel called "Other Things You Can Do With Your Law Degree," which features recent graduates who have chosen non-traditional careers. Panelists have included representatives from:
How to Find an Alternative Career: This program addresses how to: 1) figure out what you want to do outside of the traditional practice of law, 2) break into the alternative career market, and 3) develop the right connections.
Hot Jobs Series: This series includes several panels highlighting new and emerging careers, such as contract drafting and negotiation, energy work, policy and advocacy, risk management and compliance. Recent speakers were from:
JD Pathways: This all-day career conference features over 60 employers, and last year included:
Wednesday Morning Coffee Series: This series recently featured the Director of the Legal Dept. at NetApp Capital Solutions and the Station Manager for KGNU Public Radio.
2L and 3L Job Search Strategies Sessions: These sessions enable students to explore strategies for pursuing non-traditional opportunities.