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A Law Degree Can Help You With A Wide Variety Of Career Paths

Published by Above The Law’s Career Center

After law school, I took an unpaid internship. When I got my first music industry job in Los Angeles, I was severely underpaid. I sometimes wondered if the job required a high school degree, let alone a law degree. If you asked me then, I would have told you that a JD is a joke and that you should stay away from law school at all costs.

But now, I take issue with the idea that “‘you can do anything with a law degree’ is a vicious lie.” Articles like these do nothing for unemployed law grads (except provoke righteous indignation) and discourage the many unhappy practicing lawyers from leaving law for paths that better fit their souls.

As a legal recruiter, I encountered well-paid, unhappy lawyers on a daily basis. Too often, they felt stuck. They had discovered that law didn’t fit them, but they didn’t know whether there was anything else they could do. Fear of perceived failure, fear of letting down their relatives, not knowing what they could do with a law degree or how to reinvent themselves, and negative, misleading articles like the one in Slate would keep them suffering in silence.

I get where the article’s author, Jim Saksa, is coming from. I feel his pain because I’ve been there. …

Head over to Above The Law to read the full post on how I changed my mind about the value of my law degree, and why I say that a law degree can help you with a wide variety of career paths.

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