These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Lawyers

We used our database of over 7 million resumes to determine which careers former lawyers are entering now.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFormer Jobs, Rankings - 2 months ago

It’s tough to be a lawyer 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 lawyer isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become lawyers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many lawyers 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 lawyers 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 lawyers:

  1. Attorney
  2. Associate
  3. Law Clerk
  4. Legal Extern
  5. Teacher
  6. Internship
  7. Partner
  8. Associate Attorney
  9. Customer Service Representative
  10. Legal Consultant

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a lawyer 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 lawyers 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 lawyers:

  1. Associate
  2. Law Clerk
  3. Legal Extern
  4. Internship
  5. Teacher
  6. Partner
  7. Associate Attorney
  8. Customer Service Representative
  9. Legal Consultant
  10. Substitute Teacher

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 Lawyers

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Lawyers

Job Title Rank %
Attorney 1 3.86%
Associate 2 2.58%
Law Clerk 3 1.72%
Legal Extern 4 1.72%
Teacher 5 1.5%
Internship 6 1.5%
Partner 7 1.29%
Associate Attorney 8 1.29%
Customer Service Representative 9 1.29%
Legal Consultant 10 1.07%
Executive Director 11 0.86%
Substitute Teacher 12 0.86%
Research Assistant 13 0.86%
Interpreter And Translator 14 0.86%
Attorney At Law 15 0.86%
Founder And Chief Executive Officer 16 0.64%
Contract Attorney 17 0.64%
Notary Public 18 0.64%
Volunteer 19 0.64%
Office Manager 20 0.64%
Paralegal 21 0.64%
Compliance Officer 22 0.64%
Interpreter 23 0.64%
Board Member 24 0.64%
Vice President 25 0.64%
Chiropractor, Sole Practitioner 26 0.64%
Owner 27 0.64%
Registered Nurse 28 0.64%
Administrative Assistant 29 0.64%
Writer And Editor 30 0.64%
Real Estate Consultant 31 0.43%
President 32 0.43%
Freelance Journalist 33 0.43%
Judicial Law Clerk 34 0.43%
Assistant State Attorney 35 0.43%
Legal Adviser 36 0.43%
Legal Counsel 37 0.43%
Solo Practitioner 38 0.43%
Office Assistant 39 0.43%
Executive Assistant 40 0.43%
General Counsel 41 0.43%
Business Consultant 42 0.43%
Operations Manager 43 0.43%
Teacher Assistant 44 0.43%
Senior Counselor 45 0.43%
Dean 46 0.43%
Project Manager 47 0.43%
Insurance Agent 48 0.43%
Senior Technician Specialist 49 0.43%
Account Executive 50 0.43%
Appeals Examiner 51 0.43%
Sales Associate 52 0.43%
Sales Representative 53 0.43%
Legal Research Assistant 54 0.43%
Assistant To Executive Producer 55 0.43%
Consultant 56 0.43%
Lecturer 57 0.43%
Director 58 0.43%
Teaching Assistant 59 0.43%
Criminal Justice Lawyer 60 0.21%
Online Editor 61 0.21%
Recruiting Assistant 62 0.21%
Publishing Editor 63 0.21%
Rehabilitation Specialist 64 0.21%
Technical Writer 65 0.21%
Development Director 66 0.21%
Tax Attorney 67 0.21%
Certified Nursing Assistant 68 0.21%
Workers’ Compensation Claims Adjuster 69 0.21%
Risk Manager 70 0.21%
Md 71 0.21%
Social Media & Marketing Director 72 0.21%
Primary Therapist 73 0.21%
Fellow 74 0.21%
Business Associate 75 0.21%
Waitress 76 0.21%
Legal Researcher 77 0.21%
Quality Assurance Engineer 78 0.21%
President And General Manager 79 0.21%
Founder 80 0.21%
Signing Agent 81 0.21%
Operations Analyst 82 0.21%
Special Education Teacher 83 0.21%
Communications Internship 84 0.21%
Crew Member 85 0.21%
Digital Media Consultant 86 0.21%
Programming Specialist 87 0.21%
Customer Service Specialist 88 0.21%
Marketing Manager 89 0.21%
Co-Manager 90 0.21%
Cashier 91 0.21%
Fulfillment Clerk 92 0.21%
Book Editor 93 0.21%
Driver 94 0.21%
Resident Assistant 95 0.21%
Shipping And Receiving Clerk 96 0.21%
Chief Operating Officer 97 0.21%
Contractor Assistant 98 0.21%
Staff Accountant 99 0.21%
Business Development Coordinator 100 0.21%

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