Alternative Career Paths
If you are like many people who think about applying to law school, you may wish to use the following skills in your occupation:
Advocate, Counsel, Listen, Speak, Write, Negotiate, Interview, Analyze, Research, Solve Problems, Think Critically, Organize, Manage, Envision, Persuade, Appreciate Diversity and Cultural Interdependence.
There are numerous career options, other than practicing law, that utilize these skills. Here are just a few careers to consider:
|Conflict Resolution||NGO (non-governmental organization)|
|Community Relations||Public Interest|
|Community Outreach||Protective Services|
|Foreign Service||Social Services provider|
|Educational Administration||Compliance/Risk Assessment Management|
|Teaching||Career and Executive Coaching|
|Government and Non-Profit||Admissions and Academic Advising|
|Human Resources||Organizational Development|
|Training and Development||Campaign/Legislative Aide|
If you would like information about alternatives to law school, please schedule an appointment with a counselor at the Bates Career Development Center by calling 786-6232.
Some law schools also offer degrees other than the J.D. or LL.M., such as a Master’s of Jurisprudence or Legal Studies, as well as Doctorate programs in Jurisprudence or Juridical Science. More and more law schools are now offering certificate programs to prepare non-lawyers for work in fields where legal knowledge would enhance their success such as healthcare and financial regulation.