Category Archives: Exploring Non-Traditional Legal Jobs

Alternative Careers Panel

Save the date!  On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Career Services Department is hosting an Alternative Careers Panel from 12pm to 1:15pm in Room 550.  If you are interested in learning about alternative legal careers, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to explore alternative career options and learn how to position yourself for an alternative career.  Our esteemed panel of professionals all hold JD degrees and have pursued careers outside the traditional practice of law. 

 The panel will include:

  • Kiel Gross – Shands Jacksonville, Business Manager, Clinical & Ancillary Services
  • Tiffany Holbrook – BB&T Wealth Management, VP, Personal Trust Specialist
  • Millie Kanyar – Watson Realty, Florida Real Estate Broker
  • C.J. Pipins – Florida Coastal School of Law, Law Librarian
  • Tara J. Showalter, CFP, CRPC – Waddell & Reed, Inc., Managing Principal
  • Thomas C. Wigand – JEA, Labor Relations Coordinator

Lunch will be provided.  R.S.V.P. today on Symplicity.

Alternative Careers for Lawyers

Click here to register for a live webinar hosted by John Corcoran, Esq. and Basil Plastiras, Esq. on Thursday, June 14th at 3pm Pacific Time (6pm Eastern Time).  Topics include business opportunities for new law grads, networking secrets, and growing industries with opportunities for non-traditional careers. 

 

 

Interested in an alternative career?

Click here to watch the Alternative Careers for Lawyers panel discussion presented by the New York State Bar Association highlighting the career paths of four lawyers in successful alternative careers.  The panelists include a lawyer specializing in Business and Legal Affairs for MTV; the President of Nicholas & Lence Communications, a strategic communications, marketing, and government affairs firm; the Director of Sales Operations for Bloomberg Law; and the Chief Compliance Officer for Calypso Capital Management.  The panelists discuss the paths that led them to their alternative careers and offer unique insight into opportunities within their respective industries.  The panel is moderated by Hillary Mantis, Esq., author of Alternative Careers for Lawyers, which is available in the CSD Library.

How’d They Get an In-House Job?

Most attorneys working in-house started their career path by working in law firms.  However, Inside Counsel recently published an article featuring four attorneys who went straight from law school to corporate jobs.  Read this article to find out how these four in-house attorneys used networking, a career fair, a contract position, and an alternative career to make it to their dream job as in-house counsel.  (Click here to read the article on InsideCounsel.com.)

Career Spotlight: Government Contract Specialist

A Contact Specialist for the government develops and awards a full range of contacts for goods and services used by the government.  Duties of a contract specialist may include:

  • Plan solicitations for supplies and services and analyze contract proposals.
  • Negotiate and evaluate contact terms.
  • Award contracts and perform detailed administrative functions.
  • Ensure compliance with contract terms and conditions during term of contract.
  • Terminate contracts when necessary and perform contract closeouts.
  • Formulate contracting strategies and advise on contracting actions.
  • Meet with employees at all levels on all types of procurement issues and concerns.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of clients’ procurement requirements and serve as subject matter expert on the clients’ professional fields.

Career Spotlight: Policy Analyst

Policy analysts research, evaluate, and shape policy.  Policy analysts can be involved in developing new policy or in analyzing existing policy, and their role will usually be determined by the type of organization for which they work.  Policy analysts can work in a variety of settings including government offices, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and corporations. 

Key skills that a policy analyst should possess include an analytical mind, an ability to think creatively, attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills, and an ability to understand and analyze statistical information.

Most policy analysts have a graduate degree such as a masters degree, J.D. or Ph.D.  Policy analysts will usually start out by specializing in a particular field to develop an expertise in that area.  Because most employers seek policy analysts with particular specializations, it is very important to gain experience in this field prior to graduation.  Experience can be gained while in school through internships, working with professors, and joining public policy clinics. 

Check out these resources for additional information on a career as a policy analyst:

 

Things to Consider Before Going In-House

Above the Law recently published an EXCELLENT article on things to consider before going in-house.  This article should be required reading for anyone thinking about an in-house career. 

Just one topic covered is the misconception that in-house lawyers enjoy a better lifestyle than their billable-hour counterparts at law firms.  To that misconception the author very accurately states:

…while an in-house attorney’s hours may be more predictable and not require working on weekends, it is typically not the easier, laid-back, stress-free practice that is generally envisioned to be the case for in-house lawyers.

If you are considering a career as an in-house lawyer, click here to read this can’t-miss article.

Association of Corporate Counsel

The Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”) is an organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, and other private-sector organizations. 

Go to the ACC’s website (click here) to find the latest news affecting in-house counsel and to find job postings for in-house counsel positions (click here).

Looking for a Non-Traditional Internship?

If you are looking for a non-traditional legal career internship, check out the Non-Traditional Legal Career Guide.  It is updated on the 1st and 15th each month, so be sure to for new postings.

Stop by the Career Service Office to get your Yellow Bookmark with a user name and password so you can access the Non-Traditional Legal Career Guide.