What You Can Do with a Law Degree (Besides Practice Law)

Vol. 40 No. 5


Gary A. Munneke is a professor of law at Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, where he teaches courses in professional responsibility, law practice management, and the legal profession. He is author of more than 20 books, including Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers (Fifth Edition with William D. Henslee and Ellen Wayne).

As a graduating law student with a couple of law firm job offers in hand, I was walking down the hall past the dean’s office at my law school when the dean’s secretary called to me to say that the dean wanted to see me. Ushered into his office, I was surprised to hear the dean offer me a job on the spot—as assistant dean of the law school. Among my responsibilities, he wanted me to take over the struggling career services (in those days, placement) office. For reasons I cannot readily explain, I accepted the job immediately without discussing it with family, friends, or advisors. Thus, as a newly minted lawyer, I began my own personal exploration of what you can do with a law degree . . . besides practice law.

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