Law is still one of the most prestigious subjects to study at University. But, career prospects in the legal sector can sometimes fall a bit short, and this is what young, hopeful law graduates can unfortunately experience upon entering the job market. According to an article published last year in the New York Times, only 40 percent of all law graduates from 2010 (a year when law school enrollment was at an all-time high) are actually working in law firms; that is a drop of 60 per cent from the class of 2000 a decade earlier.
This shows a remarkable decline in jobs requiring a law degree and a greater diversification of career opportunities overall for law graduates who have had to adapt to the struggling job market. So what’s a law graduate to do when most of the major law firms are cutting back and reducing staff? Here are some of the most in-demand alternative legal jobs to start off your career or change job and reignite your passion for law.
1. Health Law
If you're also interested in the health sector, you could combine your practical knowledge of both legal and medical sectors in a new career path. There are many options to choose from, and you could specialise in anything from medical malpractice as a personal injury lawyer, to becoming a legal nurse consultant. This sector is ever expanding and while there are many opportunities, the medical sector remains a challenging one, especially for people working in the USA as the health system is ever changing since the implementation of Obama Care. While it can be hard to keep up to date, you’ll be sure to land an exciting new career.
2. Legal Technology
There are plenty of options out there for any tech savvy law professionals. IT and telecommunications companies are recruiting heavily, looking for graduates specialising in intellectual property law, and other related issues such as privacy and software patents. Working either in legal technology firms or in-house, legal consultants are very much a part of the process for any entrepreneur looking to launch or develop their new business.
3. Human Resources Legal Consultant
As an HR specialist with a background in law, you will be required to ensure the company’s legal compliance with any governmental requirements and sometimes even represent the company during hearings. It’s especially suited to graduates with excellent people’s skills.
Teaching is a particularly good alternative law career for people who are interested in doing research in the field after graduation. Competition for law teaching positions can be tough: prior publications focusing on testing new ideas and ways to update or improve law are most definitely a plus, as well as a good sense of pedagogy, especially for tough subjects such as criminal-law.
Are you a law graduate specialising in one of these fields? Do you find them fulfilling? Let us know in the comments section below...