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Law School Graduates Don’t Have to Practice Law in Their Careers

Law school: it’s not just for people who want to be lawyers anymore.

There was a time when the only people who went to law school were those who wanted to practice the law. They wanted to be criminal defense attorneys, litigators and corporate lawyers. 

Today, those same people go to law school, but they’re not alone. Today, the people who want to be lawyers are sitting in their law school classes next to people who have no intention of practicing the law. Today, law school is full of people who want to run nonprofit organizations, go into politics and become business leaders. 

And if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. 

You see, law school isn’t only about practicing the law. It’s about learning critical thinking and problem solving schools that are almost certain to help you succeed in any profession you choose to pursue. 

Think about it. Law school isn’t really about memorizing obscure statutes and legal terms. It’s not about learning to speak with conviction and working a dozen jurors. It’s about learning how to identify an objective and figure out a way to get there. It’s about finding ways to turn objections into affirmations. It’s about succeeding. 

And those are skills that translate into success in any profession. But it wasn’t until relatively recently that people started to recognize this fact. No; in the past, people considered law school to be, well, for people who wanted to be lawyers. 

But within the last couple of years, as the economy has slowed and lawyer jobs have become more difficult (but not impossible by any means) for new law school graduates to get, the value of a J.D. has become more evident to people who wanted to pursue other careers. 

In fact, many law schools have started tailoring their curriculum to these folks. NYU, for example, launched a business and law program last year. See that? It’s not a "law and business" program. It’s a program for business people who want to learn the valuable critical thinking skills that lawyers possess. 

And in the Midwest, William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota launched a Center for Law and Business, which allows students to take courses that have traditionally been targeted toward MBA students–accounting, finance, marketing, and others–so that the students can go on to start businesses. 

And it works–the founder of the Archivers chain is a J.D.

About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.


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