If you are a studied and practiced lawyer who simply cannot find enough job satisfaction or a role at a firm that fits your expertise, then perhaps a switch in profession could be the ideal scenario?
Having jumped through the necessary hoops at university and undertaken the bar exam, many professionals believe that a career choice that defined can never be overturned. That thinking is simply wrong because the acquisition of skills to become a practicing lawyer can lay the groundwork for other forms of work.
So what other professions could be out there for a lawyer who is seeking a change of gears?
Take note of each and every politician that walks through the halls of Canberra. A decent percentage of these public servants will have a background in law as they attempt to maneuver through tricky legal waters when drafting documents and policies that might run contrary to State or Federal law.
Many lawyers won’t mind the sound of their own voice and that ability to argue and deliberate on a topic can make for strong characteristics in the classroom. The same can be said for university lecturers as the knowledge that is gleaned from practicing can help the future generations who need to understand some of the intricacies of law.
Lawyers have to engage with marketing as per their usual practice in order to get their name and brand out there. Of course there will be a natural reputation that will be brought out through winning cases, but attorneys who are seeking high-end clientele will need to promote their own messaging and personal image. Having that background can make for a quality marketing executive.
Lawyers have to convince a judge and a jury of peers about one side of a case. The language that must be utilised has to be convincing without being overzealous and this is where a public relations professional could take a few hints at the practice. It also speaks to the ability to network properly between various bodies behind the scenes, an asset that PR companies can certainly make use of.
Any quality lawyer worth their time will have the capacity to dig where others are not prepared to in order to receive witness testimony and on the record statements from parties that help their case. This modus operandi can equally apply from the field of law to that of journalism – the only difference is that one party is trying to win a case while the other is trying to sell clicks and newspaper sales.