There are Many Paths To A Meaningful Legal Career – Civil Rights
Law students develop many skills, abilities, and qualifications during law school which transfer to other areas outside of the law. There are rewarding careers in government, education, labor relations, nonprofits, regulatory affairs, management, policy analysis, human resources, and strategic planning for law school graduates. And of great interest to any law student soon to graduate, is that there are a vast number of resources that provide information related to alternative and non-traditional employment for anyone with a Juris doctorate.
There are several jobs in the field of civil rights for which a law school graduate may qualify. Many civil rights jobs involve special interest groups that include human rights, women’s rights, voting rights, disability rights, religious rights, privacy, freedom of expression, and any other group fighting to ensure that individuals are being treated equally. Some organizations may focus on one piece of legislation, bill, or amendment, such as the Americans With Disabilities Act, First Amendment, Eleventh Amendment, or Freedom of Information Act.
Much of the following list is from the publication JD Preferred 400+ Things You Can Do with a Law Degree (Other Than Practice Law), Federal Reports, Inc., 1994.
Civil Rights Careers
- Advocacy Coordinator
- Affirmative Action Officer
- ADA Coordinator
- ADA Compliance Manager
- Children’s Advocate
- Civil Rights Analyst
- Civil Rights Coordinator
- Civil Rights Investigator
- Conciliation Specialist
- Assistant Dean of Human Relations
- Assistant Dean of Cultural Diversity
- Equal Opportunity Compliance Specialist
- Human Rights Administrator
- Policy Analyst
- Program Officer
- Grant Writer
Law students can utilize elective courses, internships, and other resources to plot their career paths. The following is one possible way of organizing information and distinguishing the fields:
- Sector (type of employer)
- Methodology (type of work)
- Issue (focus area or topic)
The next step after dividing the different sectors, methodologies, and issue areas is to consider the knowledge, skills, experience, and relationships that can be gained and developed during your law school experience. The CDTA
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