These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Legal Assistants

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 12 months ago
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It’s tough to be a legal assistant 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 legal assistant isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become legal assistants in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many legal assistants 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 legal assistants 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 legal assistants:

  1. Paralegal
  2. Administrative Assistant
  3. Legal Secretary
  4. Office Manager
  5. Customer Service Representative
  6. Attorney
  7. Executive Assistant
  8. Law Clerk
  9. Litigation Paralegal
  10. Internship

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a legal assistant 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 legal assistants 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 legal assistants:

  1. Paralegal
  2. Attorney
  3. Law Clerk
  4. Litigation Paralegal
  5. Associate Attorney
  6. Senior Paralegal
  7. Paralegal/Office Manager
  8. Office Administrator
  9. Contract Attorney
  10. Contracts Administrator

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 Legal Assistants

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Legal Assistants

Job Title Rank %
Paralegal 1 5.94%
Administrative Assistant 2 4.46%
Legal Secretary 3 1.95%
Office Manager 4 1.74%
Customer Service Representative 5 1.39%
Attorney 6 1.2%
Executive Assistant 7 1.19%
Law Clerk 8 1.18%
Litigation Paralegal 9 1.14%
Internship 10 1.05%
Associate 11 0.89%
Sales Associate 12 0.87%
Legal Extern 13 0.79%
Associate Attorney 14 0.75%
Case Manager 15 0.65%
Office Assistant 16 0.64%
Receptionist 17 0.61%
Volunteer 18 0.57%
Senior Paralegal 19 0.55%
Substitute Teacher 20 0.5%
Assistant Manager 21 0.44%
Paralegal/Office Manager 22 0.43%
Research Assistant 23 0.43%
Office Administrator 24 0.42%
Teacher 25 0.41%
Coordinator 26 0.38%
Manager 27 0.38%
Project Manager 28 0.38%
Secretary 29 0.37%
Server 30 0.37%
Human Resources Coordinator 31 0.36%
Cashier 32 0.36%
Owner 33 0.36%
Contract Attorney 34 0.35%
Assistant Office Manager 35 0.34%
Consultant 36 0.34%
Specialist 37 0.32%
Assistant 38 0.32%
Contracts Administrator 39 0.31%
Executive Legal Assistant 40 0.3%
Executive Administrative Assistant 41 0.29%
Legal Secretary/Paralegal 42 0.29%
Sales Representative 43 0.29%
Operations Manager 44 0.28%
Team Leader 45 0.28%
Contractor-Paralegal 46 0.27%
Analyst 47 0.27%
Project Coordinator 48 0.25%
Corporate Paralegal 49 0.24%
Account Manager 50 0.23%
Administrator 51 0.23%
Supervisor 52 0.22%
General Counsel 53 0.19%
Recruiter 54 0.19%
General Manager 55 0.19%
Office Manager And Legal Assistant 56 0.19%
Human Resources Assistant 57 0.18%
Staff Attorney 58 0.18%
Owner/Operator 59 0.17%
Real Estate Paralegal 60 0.17%
Program Coordinator 61 0.17%
Senior Administrative Assistant 62 0.17%
Paralegal Specialist 63 0.16%
Clerk 64 0.16%
Marketing Coordinator 65 0.16%
Bankruptcy Paralegal 66 0.16%
Accounts Payable Clerk 67 0.16%
Executive Assistant To Chief Executive Officer 68 0.16%
Vice President 69 0.16%
Billing Specialist 70 0.16%
Account Executive 71 0.16%
Personal Assistant 72 0.16%
Student Attorney 73 0.15%
Senior Legal Assistant 74 0.15%
Document Reviewer 75 0.15%
Writer And Editor 76 0.15%
Business Analyst 77 0.15%
Processor 78 0.15%
Claim Processor 79 0.15%
Store Manager 80 0.14%
Medical Assistant 81 0.14%
Administrative Specialist 82 0.14%
Property Manager 83 0.14%
Customer Service Trainer 84 0.14%
Administrative Coordinator 85 0.14%
Compliance Analyst 86 0.14%
Contracts Manager 87 0.14%
File Clerk 88 0.14%
Attorney At Law 89 0.13%
Teller 90 0.13%
Marketing Manager 91 0.13%
Customer Service Specialist 92 0.13%
Human Resources Manager 93 0.13%
Business Manager 94 0.13%
Partner 95 0.12%
Front Desk Receptionist 96 0.12%
Pharmacist Technician 97 0.12%
Litigation Legal Assistant 98 0.12%
Sales Consultant 99 0.12%
Compliance Specialist 100 0.12%