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  •  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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      loretta, Wayward Wind, ek hornbeck

      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.

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