Today, many lawyers are considering what options outside private practice are available to them. These include:
Working as an in-house lawyer in a corporation enabling you to work closely with your client, be involved in entire transactions and play a role in the success of the corporation. This type of role can also work as a springboard to securing a position in management.
Roles in government departments are increasingly popular. These roles tend to offer greater flexibility in work hours and less emphasis on timesheets or budgets.
Postgraduate study is a good alternative. While the job market is tight, some lawyers are choosing to make use of the opportunity to build on their knowledge, thus making themselves more attractive to specific employers.
Working in human resources or legal recruitment can also be very rewarding. A marketing or business degree, experience in promotional/marketing activities and strong communication skills will assist you.
- With Nalini Moore, senior consultant at Mahlab Recruitment