Attorney Career Options Outside the Legal World

Attorneys seeking to work outside of the field of law have numerous options. Many attorneys successfully make the transition and enjoy satisfying careers in business and public service. For example, many politicians have a legal background (25 of the 44 presidents have been lawyers). Others may work as lobbyists or in governmental relations roles.

Corporations often hire attorneys who have both technical training and the ability to manage teams. In regulated industries, such as utilities and banking, attorneys are valued because of their specialized knowledge and training. There are a number of CEO’s who have a legal background. According to the ABA Journal (May, 2010), nine of the Fortune 50 companies have a lawyer as CEO. Given the recent financial scandals, and trends towards regulation, the risk management and problem solving mindset of many attorney are valued traits in the corporate world.