Alternative Careers for Lawyers | Yeah – I burned out too!

Alternative Careers for Lawyers | Yeah – I burned out too!

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– Just because you have a law degree does not mean you have to practice law. Today I am going to show you 10 alternative careers for lawyers. And this one is near and dear to my heart. And make sure to stay tuned because I even have a
free download for you that can actually help you
fund your career transition. If you are ready to
ditch the corporate grind and buck the traditional system, then please subscribe to my channel. I put out new videos every Wednesday, so please make sure to
hit that notification bell so you get alerted every
time a new one comes out. (upbeat music) Are you starting to feel
that lawyer burnout thing? Yeah, I know, been there, done that. I was a trial lawyer for 10 years, and I totally know what that’s like. You get to the point where you go, ah! I don’t think I wanna do this anymore! Well, the good news is,
I am going to show you 10 alternative careers for lawyers, one of which is how I
was able to leave law. And I gotta be honest with you, I’ve never looked back,
and never been happier. Well, I’m sure this isn’t the first you’ve been poking
around at, what can I do, even though I have a law degree? And as you know, there are jobs that are still associated with law, and there are jobs that are not. So let’s first talk about five jobs that are related to being a lawyer. The first one is you can
be a contract consultant. We all took contracts in law school, I’m pretty sure it’s a
requirement everywhere. And even if, when you went into law you did not specialize in contracts, that knowledge is still there, and people will pay you for it. So, it doesn’t even matter
what the contract is about, you all know the basics and
fundamentals of contract law. So, what you can do is become a consultant and go around to small
businesses, large businesses, and offer your services
just as a consultant to analyze their contracts. They can pay you hourly,
they can pay you by project, but it is a great way to leave law, but still have your toe
in the legal waters. Another one that is a
natural fit for lawyers is to be an insurance risk assessor. Now, a lot of people who
are practicing lawyers practice in-house for insurance companies, but if you don’t want to do that, you can simply offer your
services to analyze projects for risk assessment. They can be construction
companies or banks, or anything where your specialty is or your knowledge base lies. You can create a proposal, and then offer to them your
valuation of risk assessment. And they can pay you
per project or per hour. So again, it’s very legal-based, but you’re not actually
being a lawyer for them. Okay, third, legal tech project manager. Now tech is huge, and it is booming. And the legalities of it are very complex, and they’re getting more complex and they’re hitting faster and faster. So, tech companies often
don’t have a way to keep up with the legal tech advances. So, when tech companies are
coming out with big projects, they often need outside
advice of the legal pitfalls they could fall into with some of the new and upcoming technology
in their new project. So, they will hire people for
advice on the legal pitfalls, even though, again, you’re not
being their in-house counsel, you’re not being their lawyer, but you are offering your expertise, especially if you know
something about the tech world. It is a huge and booming market, you could easily have a
full calender of clients where you can be a
consultant in the tech world. Okay, the next one is another
obvious fit for lawyers, and that is you could be a professor. Usually lawyers can go on
and be an adjunct professor, unless you have your PhD. If that’s the case, you
can be a full professor. But being a professor is something that lawyers tend to love to do. They can go to small law schools
or paralegal schools even, and teach students what
they know about the law. Having a law degree will
open the door for you in order to allow you
to become a professor. And the last legal related
one I’m gonna talk about, which I don’t know why
anybody would wanna do it, but yeah, you could go into politics. And yeah, I thought about
it when I was in my 20s, and then thought, no, what the heck, why would anybody wanna do that? But, a lot of people with
law degrees, obviously, there are so many
presidents who were lawyers before they got into politics. A lot of lawyers go into
politics in any number of ways. You can start off with people’s campaigns, or you can decide that
you wanna do it yourself and become the politician. So you can either work for a politician, or be the politician. But if politics is your game, then your law degree will definitely put you ahead of the pack. All right, so now that
we’re about to transition completely away from legal jobs, I am curious about how long
you’ve been kind of wondering whether you should get out of law before you started to research it. Put your answer in the comments below. Six months, one year, five years? Whatever the answer is,
I would be super curious. For me, personally, it
was probably about a year before I said, yep, that’s it, I’m out. All right, let’s move on to jobs that are not related to the law, but seem to have a lot of
lawyers go into these fields. The first one I can think
of is becoming a blogger. Now, I am a blogger, I’ve got
a couple of different blogs, and there are a lot of
lawyers who are bloggers, and it’s a natural fit, right? We love to research, we love to write, and it is just hand-in-glove a great fit with being a blogger. Now, it takes a little bit
of time to build up a blog enough to be making an income, but a lot of people do it, and it can certainly be done. So, pick an area you’re passionate about, it does not have to be legal. It could be, if you wanna
write about the law, but it can be anything. And follow the path on
how to be a blogger. I do have this video that I made about how I made my first
$1,000 as a blogger, that was a few years ago. And it just goes up from there. So, being a blogger is
actually a very good fit for lawyers looking to get out of law. Okay, the next one, and I do
have some personal experience because this is what my daughter did. She also has a law degree, and it did not take
her long at all to say, oh no, I don’t wanna be in
the practice of law anymore. So, she looked around and she landed like, the most amazing job ever. She works for a company and
she is their content creator. It is a smallish but with
big plans startup company, and they work with all
kinds of executives and CEOs at very, very large companies. So she has this great
job where she’s creating all of their content that gets pushed out to all of these very high-powered, very well-known CEOs and executives. And the company really appreciates that she has a law degree. She does offer advice for
some of their contracts, even though she’s not
acting as their lawyer. But because she does enough of that, they’ve actually just
offered to also pay off her student loans for her. So, whoo, it’s a really good gig for her. All right, next up that
seems to be a natural fit for lawyers is to be a head hunter. Now, you could do this
for a large company, or you could do it on
your own as a consultant and create your own company. It probably would work well to start off by being a head hunter for
attorneys or legal staff because you know that area so well, you could make a name for yourself there. And then you build up
your clientele as you go. It’s a great way to transition out of law, you’re not really doing a legal job, but you’re using your
knowledge base to help others. And recruiters actually
make quite a bit of money. Now, a little bit random
and out here is real estate. You could do a traditional real estate, become a real estate agent that requires an exam and a course. I think the course takes about six weeks. Or, you can be a consultant for people in corporate real estate, and talk to them about
some of the legalities that go along with these very, very large corporate real estate deals. There are many companies
around the country that handle only corporate real estate, and they are always looking
for people to give them advice about the pitfalls that could come about by these large corporate
real estate deals. And the last non-legal job
is something that I think, oh my gosh, probably like
80% of lawyers either do or say they’re gonna do, and
that is become an author. I see it all the time, oh I write a book, oh, my book’s on Amazon. Okay, I’m an author, I’ve
got two cookbooks out. So, I get it, it’s great. Again, lawyers tend to be good writers, so it is a great fit. Pick whatever you wanna write
about, and write about it. And do it, dig into it, do it. You gotta create a website in order to sell your book these days, you gotta have social media. I’ve got a video here on how
to get all of that set up if you haven’t done all
of the social media yet. But write your book and promote it. And who knows, you could be the next, of course, John Grisham. Okay, so now that you have 10 ideas of how to get out of the practice of law, if you notice a fair number
of them revolve around kind of starting your own thing, consulting, or being an author, and sometimes you need some financing to help get you through it. I actually started up a small business and came up with some
creative ways to finance it. I’ve got a link to that download below. It is about tapping into
your 401K without a penalty, and using that money that
you have already put aside in order to invest in yourself and create your own small business, which, by the way, mine
makes far better returns than the traditional 401k. But the PDF is below, it
has all the information that you’re gonna need, if that is an option you
would like to consider. Now, if this video has helped you realize, yeah, there are some other ways out there that I can earn an income, without having to practice law, please give it a thumbs-up and go ahead and subscribe. And if you really are
ready to buck the system and create a freedom-based
business for yourself, then go ahead and type,
#BuckIt in the comments below. It’s what it’s all about. Again, my name is Heather,
thank you for joining me here. And I will see you next time
on The Freedom Strategy. (upbeat music)

17 thoughts on “Alternative Careers for Lawyers | Yeah – I burned out too!

  • Cogent Investing Post author

    A big thumbs up from an ex law student….I graduated but saw the light and never practiced.

  • Trudy Marshall Post author

    Hi Heather! This is SO interesting!

  • Adriana Girdler Post author

    Great video topic! Being a lawyer is an incredibly busy and tiring job from my understanding. I have lots of respect for those who can do it and love it. Cheers!

  • Suehila Smith Post author

    What an interesting video. It makes sense that since you're so qualified you could find many different alternatives other than a traditional career. Enjoyed the video.

  • A Real Kitchn Post author

    Heather..this is sooooo timely!! My daughter just graduated with an LLM last week and isn't sure if she wants to be a lawyer. I'm going to share this with her..thank you!!

  • Janey Imaani - Emotional Awareness Post author

    This is such an important video! I know of many lawyers that are looking for alternate careers because it can get so tiring sometimes.

  • Eli Magids Realtor Charlotte NC Post author

    I ditched my previous career……but I wasn't a lawyer……Good Info. !

  • Taylor Palmer Post author

    I am a content creator now and many of my friends ditched the legal practice to become consultants or involved with corporate real estate! Good video!

  • Kinga Gorski Post author

    I hear of so many lawyers burning out as, of course, it's such a demanding job. Nice vid!

  • FollowMikeWynn Post author

    Awesome video topic! Being a lawyer is incredibly busy and stressful. It is wore you out sometime

  • Kisha Wynter Post author

    It's crazy because so many of my friends were lawyers and many of them went on to different careers, one did Fundraising for years by using her high income contact list from her lawyer friends, others went on to blogging, teaching or entrepreneurship. These are such great tips!! Thank you

  • Lisa Gallegos - Dog Training Post author

    omg I know so many lawyers who have burnt out…it's insane!!!!

  • Shelly Saves the Day Post author

    I have a friend who was a lawyer for a few years, and now she's a full time youtube creator for phone accessories. She's happy which is great but they are
    Completely different! lol.

  • Brooklyn Hanna Post author

    Yes being a lawyer would be stressful!! Great video

  • Common Sense Mamita Post author

    Thank you so much for sharing this video. So much great advice.

  • Jill W. Fox Post author

    I have a client who is an attorney and I know how stressful it can be. This is also a great video for lawyers who want to semi-retire.

  • Farhad Khan Post author

    beautiful video

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