Thursday, February 14, 2013

Nontraditional Career Paths at Law Firms

By Hillary Mantis

Did you know there are positions in large, prestigious law firms for lawyers seeking career alternatives — with no brief writing, contract reviews, or billable hours required?

There are several career paths for lawyers seeking non legal positions in law firms these days. Here are a few of the more popular options:

Legal Recruiting:
This position may be all too familiar to you — these are the staffers in law firms who coordinate the firm’s on campus recruitment program, summer associate program, and often manage the firm’s lateral hiring needs. If you were jealous of the people running the summer associate program at your firm, rather than practicing law, this may be a good future option for you. Skills needed: excellent people skills, management skills, attention to detail, and problem solving skills. This is not a career for someone who would like to be left alone in the office.

Marketing/Business Development:
As competition to attract clients and develop business has grown significantly, law firms have continued to develop marketing departments. Often staffed by lawyers, the marketing team assists lawyers with finding client development, speaking and writing opportunities, as well as preparing for client pitches. Skills needed: business and marketing skills and background, excellent writing skills, knowledge of the legal market.

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