An article in the New York Law Journal discusses three alternative career possibilities for recent graduates facing a difficult job market. The alternatives go beyond the traditional practice of law but should allow one to return to that route should one desire. The three areas discussed are:
Procurement - the business of purchasing goods and services for corporations. The job frequently includes drafting, negotiating, and reviewing a wide variety of contracts, so a return to so-called traditional practice is a good possibility
Compliance - ensuring that a company is in compliance with state and federal regulations. Joining a legal department from a compliance position should be no problem since compliance experience is highly coveted and is frequently a stated requirement or strong preference
Law firm administration - areas such as professional development and diversity, which touch on human resources, recruiting, marketing, and more. Entry level positions could allow you to transition into a manager’s or director’s role, but unless you have prior practice experience, returning to traditional law practice may prove difficult
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