A challenging career with high prospects and salary – these are the usual impressions when it comes to lawyers. Reality, however, states that the demand for lawyers continue to go down in recent years. This puts into question the wisdom of accepting and producing more law students.
Fewer jobs for more law grads
Recent studies show that more law school graduates are having a hard time finding work in the US. The National Association for Law Placement revealed that among 2012 graduates, only 64.4% obtained jobs that require passing the bar, the lowest figure they had on record. Even the US Bureau of Labor Statistics cited strong competition for jobs, seeing more graduates than available jobs, as the reason. They found that 440,000 new law graduates would compete for 212,000 jobs in this decade.
Despite the dismal prospects, some organizations remain positive, emphasizing that law graduates can still find jobs other than being a traditional lawyer. The Center for Legal Studies suggest using their credentials to work for private sectors. Below are some work opportunities law graduates can explore:
Paralegals and Legal Assistants
These jobs involve heavy research, drafting court documents, interviewing personnel and others. Law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies usually need their services. Paralegals or legal assistants require an associate’s degree in paralegal studies, or a bachelor’s degree in another field and a certificate in paralegal studies.
Human Resources Manager
Good people skills are necessary for this position, a trait most law graduates have. HR Managers are responsible for maintaining and improving a company’s human resources by selecting new hires, implementing and evaluating employee policies.
Chief Corporate Officers
As people who provide legal advice and assistance, law graduates can become chief corporate officers. The job touches almost everything, be it corporate planning, sales, HR, finance or legal. COOs ensure that the whole company works efficiently and effectively. They may also become Chief Financial officers, a job that requires a nurturing personality, keen attention to detail, broad views and argumentation skills.
Law graduates will never run out of job opportunities as long as there are companies in need of their skills. They only have to explore other options so they can practice their profession and enjoy the benefits of their degree.