Alternative/J.D. Advantage Careers

Some law students and graduates may decide to pursue careers other than legal ones (“alternative careers”), or careers in which a J.D. is an advantage, but not a prerequisite (“J.D. Advantage careers”).  As you have probably heard many times before, a law degree is a valuable degree in any employment setting, so if you think that you do not want to practice law in the traditional sense, there are countless options available to you. 

To get a sense of what you want from an alternative or J.D. Advantage career, review the information on the Career Development Center's Self-Assessment Tools webpage, then check out the resources listed below.  As always, feel free to make an appointment with your career counselor to discuss alternative/J.D. Advantage careers in more detail. 

Web and Article Resources:

Compliance Job Boards

Corporate, Financial, and Banking Compliance Job Boards

Healthcare Compliance Job Boards

Human Resources


Academic Administration

Becoming a Law Professor Resources

Book Resources 

  • The Right Moves: Job Search and Career Development Strategies for Lawyers, 2nd Edition, Valerie A. Fontaine
  • The Lawyer’s Career Management Handbook: Your Bridge to a Satisfying Career, Marcia Pennington Shannon
  • Managing Your Legal Career, Richard L. Hermann
  • The New What Can You Do with a Law Degree?  Dr. Larry Richard and Tanya Hanson
  • What Color is Your Parachute?  2014: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, Richard N. Bolles