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There is a preconceived notion held by many that every law student aspires to be, or ends up becoming, a lawyer. While law school is obviously tailored for those wishing to pursue a high-level career in law, it also prepares students for a number of non-law careers.

Those with degrees in law have proved themselves to be hard-working, industrious, and highly intelligent. Therefore, there are actually a variety of options available to them outside of the courtroom. In this article, we will examine some of the common alternative career paths available to those with a law degree.


The political world is filled with individuals holding law degrees. This would perhaps be one of the most closely related career paths for law degree holders outside of the courtroom. Those making the laws, whether at a state, local, or federal level, benefit from the prolonged and deep study of law which one completes while in school. Studying things such as philosophy, ethics and psychology make law graduates a great fit in political positions.

Management Consulting

Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are some of the greatest attributes developed by obtaining a law degree. These qualities are valuable in the consulting field as people and business often hire outside consultants. Consultancy groups are known to actively recruit experienced lawyers looking for a change.

Human Resources

Familiarity with employment laws can be a great asset in the field of Human Resources. Companies prize this type of knowledge since it is so pertinent to the field. A law degree also helps one interact with a variety of different people, making it ideal for a career in Human Resources.


Debate skills are a must for anyone involved in advocacy. Law degree holders would feel right at home in this type of environment, where they can flex their debate and argument skills. Strong feelings about a particular cause mixed with their debate skills can prove a valuable mix in the world of advocacy.


In-depth knowledge of the law coupled with the contacts accrued in law school makes for a great legal recruiter. Several years in law school would give the candidate a firm foundation for this type of work. In fact, many companies have difficulty filling these positions with competent matches, creating abounding opportunities for those with a degree in law and the skills that are required.

Originally published on Glenn Duker's website.

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