Contrary to a growing consensus in America, a college degree is still a valuable asset to someone trying to break into a specific industry. While some degrees provide more value than others, it’s always a good idea to have as much authority in your chosen field as possible.

A law degree is valuable and opens up more doors and possibilities than you may think. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making the decision to be a car accident attorney or divorce lawyer. The public needs these services specifically and the demand for them will likely never decrease. Your skill set picked up throughout your days in law school will certainly be an advantage.

Uncovering these opportunities can be a bit tricky if you don’t know where to look. If you’re an attorney tired of the monotonous regiment, the following career options may peak your interest. At the very least, they’ll get your mind turning about the possibilities and send you on the right track to the career of your dreams… outside the courtroom!

Law Professor

Several skills obtained throughout law school that lend an advantage to someone seeking to become a law professor include:

  • Public speaking
  • Critical thinking & writing
  • Ability to counsel
  • Ability to teach

Professors, as opposed to teachers, spend a considerable amount of time reading and writing about the field of study in which they teach. Often times a professor conducts multiple research projects simultaneously, all varying in scope, duration, and influence. The skills and abilities picked up throughout your time in law school will certainly allow you to stand out among other, less qualified applicants.

Salesperson

The label “salesman” gets a bad rap, but lawyers like dealing in facts. The fact of the matter is that a skilled salesman can become an entrepreneurial success. With the help of the internet, if you’re good enough, you can become a millionaire without exerting much effort at all. It’s all about your skill set. If you made it through law school, you certainly picked up the ability to:

  • Persuade
  • Negotiate

There are two general paths you could take if you decided you wanted to give it your all in sales. You could produce your own product and take it to market or you could promote someone else’s product on their behalf and pick up commission for closing the deal.

While it may sound trivial, you’ll need your own product before you can promote your own product. Many people make the mistake of getting emotionally involved in a venture without the proper planning. The easiest path to take when starting out is affiliate marketing, or a similar venture. Your skill set will set you apart from the competition right away.

Internet Marketer

Internet marketing and law school do not seem to go hand in hand, initially, but once the particulars of the job are considered, it becomes clear that many of the character traits and skills one obtains during law school are actually very much compatible with those needed to thrive in the internet marketing realm.

Internet marketers need to be able to market to a targeted audience, and all that that implies. To do this successfully, you’ll need to take full advantage of skills and traits you picked up during law school. Detail and goal oriented, as well as organized. Because many internet marketers telecommute, or work from a home office, you’ll need that self-discipline and drive that helped you through to your law degree.

Some of the skills specific to this industry include, but are certainly not limited to the ability to:

  • Work with a team
  • Develop a strategy
  • Hold focus on a desired outcome
  • Think critically
  • Write persuasively
  • Analyze data
  • Perform critical research

There are many attorneys who want to experience life outside the legal system. Indeed, some students go to law school with no intentions of ever working in the legal system. The good news is that there are many industries that can benefit from employees with law degrees.

by: James Ponds