Alternative Careers - Career Counseling

Alternative Careers — General

The New What Can You Do with a Law Degree? Dr. Larry Richard and Tanya Hanson

DecisionBooks, 2012. In this all new 6th edition of a law career classic, lawyers are introduced to a unique, 5-part model for career satisfaction based on a well-established principle that the better the fit between your career identity and your job, the greater your long-term satisfaction. This model developed by author Larry Richard, JD/PhD, will help readers identify their career identities so they can find lifelong satisfaction in the traditional practice of law, or through alternative work arrangements or career choices. This book contains career exercises, practical career-finding techniques, and a compendium of 800+ ways to use a law degree inside, outside, or around the law.
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From Lemons to Lemonade: Winning Job Search Strategies for Entry-Level Attorneys, Richard L. Hermann

DecisionBooks, 2012. While not specifically on alternative careers (or JD Advantage jobs), this excellent book by Richard Hermann includes 800+ things one can do with a law degree outside of the traditional practice of law, while also providing excellent job search advice for any career option. As the co-founder of Federal Reports Inc.,, and Law Student Jobs Online, Hermann brings a rich background in the industry to the advice he offers.
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Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers 

Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers, 5th Edition, Gary A. Munneke and William D. Henslee

American Bar Association (ABA Career Series), 2006. For students who know they don't want to practice law but aren't sure what their career options are – and for students who want to consider all of their options – this book offers a discussion of the reasons for choosing a nonlegal career and an overview of the job search process.
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Running from the Law

Running from the Law: Why Good Lawyers are Getting Out of the Legal Profession, Deborah Arron

DecisionBooks, 2004. This book presents Deborah Arron's own story of leaving law practice (first published in 1989) and adds not only stories from other lawyers who went on to become successful after leaving their practices but also career tips, support options, and current online job resources for those considering a similar mid-career move.
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The (Un)happy Lawyer: A Roadmap to Finding Meaningful Work Outside of the Law, Monica Parker

Sourcebooks, Inc., 2008. In The (Un)happy Lawyer, Monica Parker has created a step-by-step guide that attempts to recreate the career coaching process through guidance, practical exercises, and real-life case studies. While not a complete replacement for working with a personalized career coach, Parker's provocative, searching questions are valuable for lawyers considering a career change. Those who counsel lawyers considering a career change may also glean some new ideas from Parker's core process questions. This book can be purchased from your favorite bookstore or online bookseller.
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Alternative Career Handouts

For handouts including websites of interest to those seeking nontraditional careers and other advice on the alternative career job search, go to Career Services.

Alternative Careers – Specific Paths

Becoming a Mediator

Becoming a Mediator: An Insider's Guide to Exploring Careers in Mediation

Peter Lovenheim, Jossey-Bass, 2002. Lovenheim's book presents a detailed look at a career field that may be of increasing interest to law students. Available from the publisher (and through some online booksellers) in ebook format.
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Career Counseling

For information on career services administration and a collection of student handouts, see the Professional Resources > Career Services section of the NALP website. See also Quick Tips on Alumni Counseling.

Career Choice & Development

Career Choice & Development, 4th Edition, Duane Brown and Linda Brooks

Jossey-Bass, 2002. For career services professionals who want to learn more about research and theories relating to career development, this book is a practical resource that ties the theories directly to working with various individuals in career counseling.
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Career Match

Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You'll Love to Do, Shoya Zichy

AMACOM, 2007. This book is a fun yet effective self-assessment tool. After a quick quiz based on Myers-Briggs to identify primary and secondary personality types, Zichy discusses the kinds of jobs (including some legal specialties) that best fit each personality — and the type of work environment each personality type needs to thrive. Concrete job search tips based on personality type are also included — and students who struggle with interviews will gain tips on adjusting their communication style. Anyone who wants to learn to work more effectively with a team of colleagues will also gain helpful insights from Zichy's charts on how to communicate most effectively with each personality type. Author Shoya Zichy is a career coach and past president of the Myers-Briggs Association of New York. Her proprietary "Color Q" personality model has been featured in Fortune, Barron's, and on CNN.
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Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You through the Secrets of Personality Type, Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron

Little Brown, 2007. Also based on Myers-Briggs, this book has become a classic in its field. The authors explain the key ingredients that must be present in the work of each personality type for that work to be genuinely fulfilling. Real-life case studies of persons with each personality type are featured.
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Beyond Rainmaking: Accelerated Learning Techniques for Law School, The Bar Exam, and Beyond, Nancy Tilton Hand, JD

A Tilton Seminars Publication, 2012. The responsibilities of career counselors generally do not include teaching law students to study more effectively, whether in law school, for the bar exam, or in preparation for becoming a successful lawyer, and yet sometimes career counselors find themselves speaking with students or recent graduates who are struggling in this very area. This book and the "accelerated learning techniques" the author describes may be helpful for some of those students. Many of the techniques described are grounded in the mind-body connection, and not everyone will be open to techniques that include meditation, relaxation techniques, "tapping" (using pressure points in the body), and more. But for those who are open to considering that study, memory, test performance, and more may be improved by a more holistic approach, this book could provide a needed boost.
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Counseling Basics

Counseling Basics for Legal Career Professionals

NALP, 2004. Because increasing numbers are entering career services with legal experience but no training in counseling, a NALP committee prepared this pamphlet, which offers a basic introduction to counseling techniques and explains the difference between "counseling" and "advising."
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