There are Many Paths To A Meaningful Legal Career – Human Resources and Employment

There are Many Paths To A Meaningful Legal Career – Human Resources and Employment

There are Many Paths To A Meaningful Legal Career – Human Resources and Employment

Law students must always remember that the unique and vast knowledge that they have gained in law school provides them many options and paths for rewarding and meaningful careers practicing law, as well as working in other traditionally non-legal areas and disciplines.

The consideration of pursuing a career outside the traditional practice of law is a notion that most law students and graduates undertake at some point. However, it is not always simple to ascertain clearly how they may use their law degree in areas other than law. Those who are willing to think “outside the box” and expend the necessary time will fare better than their counterparts who expect to find such jobs in the want ads of the Sunday newspaper.

There is the traditional path to practicing law, which is relatively narrow and well-defined, and then there is simply everything else. This path is limitlessly broad and its branches many. These non-traditional law jobs are typically unavailable in a convenient section of the employment ads. They are “custom fit” based on the interests, goals, and skills of the job seeker. Careful self-assessment and extensive research are necessary for success. While some of these jobs are a substantial departure from the practice of law, others utilize the same skills developed in law school and the first few years of practicing law.

Law students develop many qualifications that include not just the hard skills, i.e., knowledge of the substantive law, but also include the soft skills, those interpersonal, analytical, and intellectual skills that are necessary to interact with and effectively serve clients. The California Desert Trial Academy focuses on the soft skills so that graduates are prepared to be excellent attorney-advocates.

Working in the human resources and employment areas is increasingly becoming one of the more common alternative careers for lawyers as a result of the current pervasiveness of privacy and employment law issues in business. These careers may involve designing and developing programs that support an organization or business enterprise’s recruiting, training, diversity, and succession planning. The duties of a human resources specialist, manager, officer, etc., may include processing employee compensation and benefits, as well as assisting helping employees with workplace safety issues.

Human Resources and Employment

Employee Benefit Plan Specialist

Employee Disability Programs Manager

Employee Relations Manager

Ethics Officer

Ethics Program Specialist

Government Benefits Assistant Dean

Health Plan Member Services Coordinator

Lawyer Human Resources

Temporary Agency Manager

Legal Career Consultant

Legal Search Consultant

Manpower Development Specialist

Personnel Management Specialist

Professional Standards Administrator

Public Guardian

Reemployment Rights Compliance Specialist

Retirement Systems Administrator

Salary Administration Specialist

State Long-Term Care Ombudsperson

Veterans Program Specialist

Veterans Reemployment Rights Specialist

The California Desert Trial Academy focuses on providing an academic experience that emphasizes a practical approach to becoming a lawyer. We believe this is the most efficient and expedient pathway to a successful and rewarding legal career. At CDTA, we train, educate, and develop students to be exceptional attorneys and trial advocates. Call us today at (760) 342-0900 or find out more online here.


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