About two months ago, I decided I wanted to write an article interviewing classmates of mine who had decided not to pursue law, and who instead went after careers where their juris doctor gave them a leg up. This was a completely selfish attempt at trying to figure out what I could do with my career because I live in Florida, have a New York bar license, and do not want to pursue getting a Florida license.
But, here’s the rub: no one wanted to talk. I pitched the idea to a few people, and no one wanted to discuss their decision to leave the law behind. It was the strangest thing I’ve ever encountered, and I wondered if maybe these individuals hadn’t passed their bar exams and had been forced into working in a different role and that’s why they didn’t want to speak about it. I find that thought even stranger – I guess because I’m so vocal about my failure (and yes I know, I probably would be less vocal if I failed the second time and decided to leave the law).
So, instead, I’ve outlined below the kinds of real jobs you can get with a juris doctor, and why I’m so interested in this path.