5 Jobs in the Legal Field Law Students Should Consider

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Jun 14, 2018

Jun 14, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

As long as there have been people, there's been a need for lawyers. This is an old saying, but one that still rings true today.

However, being an attorney isn't the only position you can pursue. If you are interested in law, but not necessarily keen on becoming a lawyer, there are other options.

In most cases, attending law school will be a necessity, as it provides the foundation needed for any of the supplemental careers you may be interested in pursuing.

Are you curious about the other jobs in the legal field? If so, you're in the right place. Here you can learn about 5 law careers - besides attorney - that may interest you.

Remember, each one has its own unique requirements, so you should be willing to pursue additional educational opportunities if necessary.

1. E-Discovery

Even as recent as just a few years ago, attorneys facing corporate lawsuits agreed not to "snoop" around in the emails of their components. Instead, they would restrict themselves to paper memos and other documents that were on file as the searched for evidence.

However, with so much work being done today via email, instant messages and other online platforms, electronic discovery is becoming a prominent industry.

Very few things aren't digital today. As a result, not pursuing e-discovery is a sure way to lose a case. With this knowledge, more and more legal battles utilize the services of an e-discovery professional.

In fact, this market is now worth $2 billion and is growing by 35 percent each year.

A job in e-discovery means that you will help identify, preserve and manage ESI (electronically stored information).

If you have a tech-savvy disposition, then this may be the position that's right for you in the legal field.

2. Jury Consultant

In a high-stakes jury trial, attorneys use the services of jury consultants to achieve a competitive/winning edge.

As a jury consultant, your job will be to provide insight into the behavior of jurors. This helps lawyers create trial themes and arguments that will persuade a jury.

Additionally, jury consultants utilize empirical data to make predictions related to juror predispositions, while providing invaluable help during the jury selection process, and in voir dire.

After the high-profile trials of Martha Stewart, Scott Peterson and O.J. Simpson (among others) the prevalence of jury consultants has grown significantly.

In the high-cost, big-money cases, a jury consultant fee may reach hundreds of thousands of dollars - or more. If you are able to build a successful career as a jury consultant, you may find you can earn a six-figure salary.

3. Paralegal

A paralegal, also referred to as a legal assistant, is a job ranking high when it comes to job growth and new opportunities.

This is because attorneys are now overburdened, which means they are delegating more and more tasks.

The paralegal profession has been voted as being one of the top 20 jobs in the United States by CNN Money. Because of this, opportunities in this industry are growing, as clients are trying to reduce the cost of the legal services they need.

In addition to the job opportunities growing, paralegal compensation is also going up. This is because these individuals are now assuming larger management roles and they operate with more, professional autonomy.

Keep in mind, paralegals work for a wide array of law professionals, including lawyers for family cases, criminal cases, and personal injury cases. 

4. FBI Agent

Don't think you're going to have the job that is portrayed in movies and on television. While working with the FBI can be extremely rewarding for those who want a bit of excitement, and job security, it's also a lot of work.

Just like with any government agency, there are several roles you may play when working for the FBI; however, whichever one it is, you're expected to perform at optimum levels at every turn.

When you work for the FBI, you are essentially a law enforcement officer, but on a national level. This means you are going to be securing the nation from all types of threats.

Some of the threats you handle will be full-blown, such as the attack that occurred on 9-11 and the Unabomber, others will be quite a bit smaller, but just as important.

5. Court Reporter

A court reporter also referred to as a stenographer, records court testimony, statements, speeches and legal proceedings. They then produce a transcript of what was said, verbatim.

These individuals use special stenographic equipment and are able to transcribe at rates that exceed 200 words per minute.

Another job court reporters perform is real-time reporting and broadcast captioning for webcasts.

There are fewer people who are entering this position, which means there's currently a court reporter shortage. Due to this shortage, those in this profession are able to earn more than ever before, with some earning more than six figures.

Jobs in the Legal Field: Which One Is Right for You?

As you explore jobs in the legal field, you are likely to find several that sound appealing. Keep in mind, it's a good idea to learn about job requirements, salary, benefits and more before making a decision.

Figure out what type of job you really want to have, to ensure you will have a passion for it and really enjoy what you do, which will help lead to success.

Even if you are currently working as a lawyer, there are options, too. More and more options are opening up, expanding the job opportunities for lawyers.

Are you interested in learning more? Do you want to see what other types of careers may suit your needs? Or, are you interested in learning how to make the most of your time in your existing job? If so, be sure to visit our blog often.