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Career Resources


Either because of the downsizing economy or simply burning out, many attorneys are now looking for alternatives to the traditional practice of law.  Although a J.D. primarily prepares students for the practice of law, it can also be a great asset for many other types of jobs, including:

  • Business
  • Government
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Professor

The resources on this page will provide students with a better sense of some alternatives to the traditional practice of law.

Transferable Skills

When preparing for a move to another job, former attorneys or students with law degrees should remember to focus on skills they have obtained that will aid them in any industry.  Here are just a few skills obtained through legal education and work that can be highlighted in resumes, cover letters, and interviews:

  • Research
  • Develop a strategy to reach a desired outcome
  • Group work
  • Counsel
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize, and interpret
  • Write clearly and persuasively
  • Public speaking
  • Compile facts and information
  • Negotiate

Alternative Careers Books 1

Alternative Careers Books 2

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