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In addition to traditional jobs for lawyers (which private practice, corporate legal departments in business and industry, government positions, judicial clerkships, judgeships, military and public interest organizations), lawyers engage in an ever-increasing number of non-traditional occupations. Lawyers own restaurants, manage real estate, run hotels, nightclubs and theaters, work in the publishing business, as university administrators, development/fundraising professionals, and act as agents for entertainers, writers, artists and athletes.

In academia, lawyers act as professors, Career Services directors, student counselors, alumni affairs, planned giving coordinators, and university administrators. Many special mediation and arbitration services employ lawyers as mediators/arbitrators. Banks hire lawyers as trust officers and securities compliance officers. In her book, Life After Law, Mary Ann Altman records the experiences of lawyers who have gone on to become software vendors, risk arbitrage analysts, farmers, literary agents and film makers, to name a few.

Never assume that a career is closed to you simply because it does not require a law degree. If non-traditional careers interest you, visit the Career Services Resource Center library for books and publications devoted to the topic. We recommend that you start with: "Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers"; "Running from the Law: Why Good Lawyers Are Getting Out of the Profession"; "Should You Really Be a Lawyer? The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During & After Law School"; "What Can You Do With a Law Degree?"; "The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook: More Than 300 Things You Can Do With a Law Degree"; "Searching for an Alternative: A Law Student's Guide to Finding Non-Legal Jobs."

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