Has the dismal legal job market left you feeling down? Looking for a career change? According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, your law degree can open more doors than you’d think. Here are five tips for switching careers if you’re a lawyer:

  1. Review your finances. You may want to do consulting work on the side while changing careers. For instance, many law firms have a need for document reviewers.
  2. Discover what motivates you. Think about your skills and passions.
  3. Evaluate your skills. Most lawyers have transferable skills, including being highly analytical, persuasive and having an ability to multitask. Search for non-law jobs related to your specialties.
  4. Keep learning. Getting certified or seeking professional development from personal and industry mentors can make you more competitive for jobs.
  5. Volunteer. Volunteering can lead to valuable life experiences and job leads.


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