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  •  It's an interesting fact... (11+ / 0-)

    that many, many lawyers end up doing something else.

    •  I have said this many times (5+ / 0-)

      Being a lawyer is one of the most overrated professions...

      •  So true (5+ / 0-)

        but having the JD opens many a door in other areas...

        I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

        by Wayward Wind on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 09:41:34 PM PDT

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        •  I'm not sure that isn't just (2+ / 0-)
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          something that has been said so often that people take it as true for no good reason.  You want open doors, deal with money.  Knowing how to raise or spend or track or allocate money will open doors.  Country or region specific expertise internationally will open doors.  A JD?  Not so sure about that.

          •  I can't speak for a lot of others (4+ / 0-)

            but it was very helpful in my own case, and a slew of folks that I have met over the years in international development.  

            Quite a few didn't like the practice of law, went abroad with rule of law programs, and then transitioned into senior positions with traditional humanitarian assistance entities.  Not just from the US, either - seems the practice of law can be just as boring in other countries as well.

            I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

            by Wayward Wind on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 10:30:22 PM PDT

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            •  Cool. Good for you. (3+ / 0-)
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              I think the key, there, is go do what you did early in your career.  I've known so many who tried to make the jump and got nothing.   With nonprofits, you need to show your nonprofit cred, as you obviously know, and five or ten years as a lawyer doesn't do that.  If you start doing corp law, mix in enough pro bono stuff that you'll never make partner and will likely be let go at the next recession, then make the jump before that happens, either because you have worked out a way not to need money or you have been an absolute star at living off nothing and paying off your loans really quickly, then there's a shot, but it's a narrow window.

              I knew one person who managed to make the jump, and she has the best job ever now, but it took two years of volunteer work to get her there.  Not sure the year she spent as a lawyer made all that much difference.  

              And I know lots of others who went into law thinking, "well, but if I don't like it . . . ." and got stuck.  And are miserable.

        •  Another JD side-benefit is that... (0+ / 0-)

          Many 'institutions' (esp. higher ed) and other public entities need legal staff. The JD is considered a 'terminal degree' and rarely would one be pushed to get a PhD in order to retain or gain tenure.  

          If you have come to help me, I don't need your help. But if you have come because your liberation is tied to mine, come let us work together. Lilla Watson

          by va dare on Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 03:52:35 AM PDT

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