Working in the legal profession doesn’t necessarily mean being a lawyer but if you are a lawyer and are looking to make a move into another career, it is worth considering all of your options. You can opt to leave the law altogether or you can opt to take your career in a new direction within the legal sector.
Alternative Careers within Law
There are many other routes within the law sector lawyers can take for a change of career path including:
Becoming a researcher at the Law Commission gives you the chance to stay involved with the law without practicing it. Research will involves working on legal reviews and reform projects and whilst positions are usually only short term, they can be very rewarding.
Law Costs Draftsmen
This is a career area which doesn’t require as much formal education as needed to practice law but if you have a head for numbers and are interested in accounts it can be a positive career change. Costs draftsmen ensure that all clients are being properly charged and they will also help organise and apportion costs between legal advisers in long and complex cases.
Alternative Careers Outside of Law
Practicing law provides you with a wide range of transferrable skills including:
Data collection and analysis
The ability to weigh up and balance arguments
The ability to create logical and effective argument from a set of facts
Communication with other professionals and members of the public
Exceptional memory skills
Many laws move into new career areas and utilise these skills. Lawyers often go into the following career areas:
Civil Service Fast Stream
An accelerated route into a relatively senior position in the Civil Service, lawyers wanting to move into this area of work are well positioned to do so. Applicants can direct their applications to specific government departments and to apply you simply need a lower second class honours degree.
Many lawyers make the move from their professional career in the law to working with policymakers and politicians. Former lawyers can be found in a wide range of political roles from leading think tanks to acting as political aides. There are a wide range of roles available in both governmental and non-governmental departments which provide plenty of choice for budding political minds.
Many former lawyers make the decision to move into teaching. Not necessarily teaching law but retraining in different subjects, a career in teaching can be hugely rewarding and it is a completely different direction from law, which appeals to many.
Knowing when you’re ready to move on with your career is one thing but making that next step is entirely different. It takes courage and commitment and if you’re ready to make a move then it is certainly worth considering all of the above potential career areas.