Alternative Law Careers

Lawyers seeking alternative career opportunities both inside and outside the legal profession should visit The Canadian Bar Association website.

What are some examples of Non-Traditional Careers for Lawyers?

Quasi Legal & Non-Traditional Careers for Lawyers
Account Executive Intellectual Property Manager
Administrator Labour Relations Manager
Agent Lease Administration
Arbitrator Lecturer
Business Affairs Legal Correspondent
Business Analyst Legal Technology Consultant
Business Development Lobbyist
Buyer/Procurement Analyst Management Consultant
Career Counsellor Marketing/Sales Rep
Claims Pension Consultant
Compliance Officer Policy Analyst/ Developer
Conference Developer Production
Consultant Professor/Instructor
Consumer Advocate Project Manager
Continuing Legal Education Promotions/PR
Contracts Administrator Property Developer
Corporate Communications Public Affairs
Director of Career Services Recruiter
Editor Regulatory Affairs
Ethics Officer Reporter
Employee Benefits Manager Research
Employee Relations Risk Management
Executive Director – Not for Profit Seminar Leader
Executive Producer Speaker
Fundraiser Tax Manager
HR Management Training & Development
Immigration Consultatn Writer
In-House Counsel

 

List generated from: http://www.lifeafterlaw.com/candidates.html

 

Canadian Bar Association Article: Career Alternatives for Lawyers

What are some examples of Transferable Legal Skills?

Transferable Skills
Ability to Work Independantly Management
Advocacy Mediation
Analytical Thinking Multi-Tasking Negotiation
Attention to Detail Organizational Skills
Awareness of Risk or Liability Persuasion
Brainstorming Presentation Skills
Budgeting Prioritization
Communications Problem Solving
Conflict Resolution Professionalism
Consensus Building Project Management
Counseling Public Speaking
Creativity Research
Decision Making Sales
Discipline Self-Direction
Dissemination of Information Strategizing
Entrepreneurial Stress Management
Fact Analysis Supervisory
Identification of Issues Synthesis of Information
Innovation Teamwork
Interpersonal Skills Time Management
Interpretation of Documents Troubleshooting
Learning Writing
Listening

Do you have any examples of lawyers that have made the switch to a Non-Traditional law career?

Yes.

Please see the following links for examples of lawyers that have made the switch to a non-traditional law career and the reasons they made the switch.

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Things to ask yourself if you are considering a Non-Traditional law career.

What are my goals in life?

Do you want work/life balance? Maybe you've always wanted to discuss and pursue a specific issue. Maybe you want you legal career to take you around the world. Or maybe you want to apply your legal education to an alternative career. Whatever the case, make a list of goals.

Could I possibly want to be a traditional lawyer in the future? 

If you happen to be undecided it is a good idea to article and get called to the bar. Your year of call will determine your seniority and salary, and often if you wait too long to article and be called to the bar you may not have the current legal knowledge needed to be successful in the Bar exams.

Will I be happy if I decide not to become a traditional lawyer?

Ask yourself this question. Maybe you always dreamed of becoming a lawyer but while you were in law school you had a change of heart. You know the value of the legal education you have received, but you want to apply it to another career. Will you be disappointed if this is the path you choose? It's a good idea to back your plans up by articling and being called to the bar.

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