These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Attorneys

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 10 months ago
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It’s tough to be a attorney nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a attorney isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become attorneys in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many attorneys no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former attorneys to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former attorneys:

  1. Contract Attorney
  2. Associate Attorney
  3. General Counsel
  4. Associate
  5. Attorney/Owner
  6. Staff Attorney
  7. Attorney At Law
  8. Legal Assistant
  9. Adjunct Professor
  10. Principal

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a attorney would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former attorneys to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former attorneys:

  1. General Counsel
  2. Associate
  3. Legal Assistant
  4. Adjunct Professor
  5. Owner
  6. Principal
  7. Consultant
  8. Solo Practitioner
  9. Partner
  10. Law Clerk

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Attorneys

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed attorney under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a attorney, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former attorneys.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Attorneys

Job Title Rank %
Contract Attorney 1 3.69%
Associate Attorney 2 3.3%
General Counsel 3 1.96%
Associate 4 1.86%
Attorney/Owner 5 1.42%
Staff Attorney 6 1.33%
Attorney At Law 7 1.11%
Legal Assistant 8 1.09%
Adjunct Professor 9 1.05%
Principal 10 0.99%
Owner 11 0.99%
Consultant 12 0.98%
Solo Practitioner 13 0.98%
Paralegal 14 0.98%
Partner 15 0.94%
Document Review Attorney 16 0.86%
Law Clerk 17 0.85%
Vice President 18 0.81%
Administrative Assistant 19 0.79%
Senior Counselor 20 0.76%
Legal Counsel 21 0.75%
Litigation Attorney 22 0.73%
Corporate Counsel 23 0.69%
Assistant General Counsel 24 0.67%
Housing Counselor 25 0.62%
Senior Attorney 26 0.59%
Associate General Counsel 27 0.58%
Executive Director 28 0.53%
President 29 0.52%
Office Manager 30 0.52%
Internship 31 0.52%
Chiropractor, Sole Practitioner 32 0.5%
Sales Associate 33 0.47%
Project Attorney 34 0.45%
Director 35 0.45%
Project Manager 36 0.44%
Volunteer 37 0.42%
Legal Consultant 38 0.41%
Trial Attorney 39 0.41%
Senior Vice President 40 0.39%
Contracts Manager 41 0.39%
Hearing Officer 42 0.39%
Customer Service Representative 43 0.36%
Managing Partner 44 0.36%
Substitute Teacher 45 0.36%
Chief Executive Officer 46 0.35%
Teacher 47 0.35%
Human Resources Coordinator 48 0.35%
Analyst 49 0.34%
Document Reviewer 50 0.34%
Administrative Law Judge 51 0.34%
Legal Extern 52 0.31%
Assistant Attorney General 53 0.31%
Manager 54 0.3%
Mediator 55 0.29%
Senior Associate 56 0.29%
Assistant District Attorney 57 0.29%
Registered Nurse 58 0.28%
Compliance Officer 59 0.28%
Real Estate Attorney 60 0.27%
Legal Secretary 61 0.27%
Program Manager 62 0.27%
Business Developer 63 0.25%
Instructor 64 0.25%
Associate Counsel 65 0.25%
Board Member 66 0.24%
Contracts Specialist 67 0.24%
Adjunct Faculty 68 0.24%
Writer And Editor 69 0.24%
Assistant Director 70 0.23%
Judge 71 0.23%
Founder 72 0.23%
Litigation Associate 73 0.23%
Managing Member 74 0.23%
Compliance Analyst 75 0.22%
Case Manager 76 0.22%
Assistant Vice President 77 0.22%
Receptionist 78 0.21%
Contracts Administrator 79 0.21%
Compliance Manager 80 0.21%
Office Assistant 81 0.21%
Chief Operating Officer 82 0.21%
Compliance Specialist 83 0.21%
Sales Representative 84 0.19%
Landman 85 0.18%
Assistant Manager 86 0.18%
Senior Manager 87 0.18%
Senior Analyst 88 0.18%
Assistant Public Defender 89 0.18%
Director Of Human Resources 90 0.18%
Corporate Secretary 91 0.17%
Server 92 0.17%
Account Manager 93 0.17%
Business Consultant 94 0.17%
Adjunct Professor Of Law 95 0.17%
Program Director 96 0.17%
Lawyer 97 0.16%
Legal Analyst 98 0.16%
Editor 99 0.16%
Adjunct Instructor 100 0.16%