Alternative Career Paths for Young Lawyers

  • February 06, 2019
  • Alexandra Mealia

You got into law school, obtained your J.D., passed the Barrister and Solicitor exams, completed your practical experience requirement, and have been called to the Bar. Congratulations! You have now become a lawyer in Ontario. Whether you articled or completed the LPP program, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has determined that you possess the skills, talent and knowledge to practice law in Ontario.

Perhaps you are a newly minted lawyer or have been practicing in a specific area of law for a few years. Maybe you are in the middle of your job search and are frustrated by the limited number of lawyer jobs available compared to the growing supply of lawyers in the market.

No matter what stage you are at in your career, you have likely taken a step back to critically ask yourself: Do I truly want to be a lawyer (i.e. practice law)? If the answer is no or if you are unsure, have you ever considered: What else can I do with my law degree (i.e. other than practice law)?