March 2008
- Pursuing Nonlegal Careers

So it's the second semester of your last year of law school and you've just realized that you're not sure if you want to practice law.  Or maybe you never intended to practice. Do not fret. Chances are you are not the only Pace Law School student with similar thoughts.  And, based on the American Bar Association study described below by Prof. Gary Munneke, you will have much company after graduation. 

The skills and training you develop as a law student and as a lawyer are invaluable.  While you can implement them at obvious “traditional” legal employers, many of these skills are transferable to non-traditional employment settings as well.  In fact, all four career counselors and the CCD Recruitment Coordinator are attorneys! Increasingly, for various reasons, including work-life balance goals, more and more attorneys are choosing to pursue an alternative career path.  In saying this, however, we strongly encourage law students to engage in the more traditional practice of law for at least a few years prior to making a transition to a non-legal career.  It is not impossible to reenter the legal profession after pursuing an alternative legal path (we have created a new program at Pace called New Directions that assists attorneys with doing just that).  However, practically speaking, it is more challenging to return to traditional legal practice if you have never practiced.  At the very least, if you choose an alternative path initially, or even at a later point in your career, unless you are absolutely certain that you never want to practice, we would recommend that you sit for at least one bar exam following graduation, and engage in some pro bono work and attend continuing legal education (CLE) events in your field to keep your skills fresh.

We are very lucky to have Professor Gary Munneke, an expert in this area, on our faculty! Included in this newsletter are links to an excerpt from the 5th edition of his book, Non-Legal Careers for Lawyers, and to an interview he conducted with the Student Lawyer.  Professor Munneke will be moderating a panel, co-sponsored by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, "Alternative legal Careers Using Your Law Degree," on April 1, 2008, from 6-7:30 pm, in the Tudor Room—we encourage you to attend!  In addition, the NYC Bar Association is presenting a program on this topic called "Non-traditional Careers for Attorneys: A Program for Law Students and Recent Law School Graduates" on March 5, 2008 (see for further details).

A career in legal academia is another alternative legal career.  Whether you are looking for a fellowship, are interested in teaching a course or clinic as an adjunct professor some day or if you want to be a full-time, tenure-track law professor, we have guidance for you.  Please join us with Professors Leslie Garfield and Bridget Crawford on Tuesday, March 4, at 12:45pm in the Center for Career Development for an informal discussion or pursuing careers in academia.  We will also be handing out our Guide to Legal Academic Careers, so please be sure to join us!

We have listed below several academic fellowships as well as some  resources for alternative legal careers that you might find useful; we will continue to update these materials as we learn of new resources. And again, if you have not already done so, please come in and speak with one of our counselors to discuss your career plans.

A Note About Nonlegal Careers
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Back in the late 70s and early ‘80s, I sat on (and later chaired) the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Utilization and Career Development. The Committee was created amidst concerns that law schools were producing a “glut” of lawyer, which the job market would not be able to absorb. As the Committee conducted research on employment patterns, we learned that a substantial number of law graduates were going into positions outside the practice of law. In 1950, over 80% of all lawyers were in private practice; by the mid-80s, the percentage had dropped to just over 60%, where it has remained. Furthermore, many of those not practicing law were working outside the legal field. We found the same pattern among experienced attorneys, and in fact a continuing exodus of older lawyers from the practice of law over the years.

The realization that a significant segment of the population of lawyers did not practice law prompted the Committee to create a booklet on Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers in the Business Sector, which was published in 1980. In 1984, Nonlegal Careers was expanded to cover the opportunities in other fields as well. I was asked to become a co-author of the 1984 edition, and have co-authored three editions since (the 5th edition was published in 2007). Over the years, Nonlegal Careers has become one of the most successful books in the history of ABA Publishing, and has given me the opportunity to speak and write about this topic in places too numerous to recall.

Many lawyers choose to pursue a nonlegal career, either upon graduation or at some point in their career. The success of my book is in large part a product of the vitality of this career option. On April 1, 2008, the Center for Career Devlopment will sponsor a program on Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers, and I have agreed to participate, not only to share my insights as the author of the book, but also to talk about my life as a non-practicing lawyer. I have made available to the Center for Career Development two articles on the subject. The first is an excerpt from the book, which I have used as a handout in other programs; the second is an interview with co-authors, Bill Henslee, Ellen Wayne, and me, which appeared in Student Lawyer magazine in 2007. I hope to see you on April 1, but even if you cannot make it, take a look at these articles and feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

                                                                             --- Professor Gary Munneke


Upcoming Deadlines for Academic 
Career-Related Fellowships

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3/1/08              Georgetown Law School Harrison Institute for Public Law Teaching Fellowships.  Harrison fellows supervise JD students enrolled in the housing and community development clinic and the policy clinic, help teach clinical seminars, directly serve Institute clients and conduct policy research. Fellows are in residence year-round for a two-year appointment, after which they receive an LL.M. degree. The Institute seeks applicants who have several years of relevant post-JD experience and who are eligible to become a member of the D.C. Bar within their first six months by waiver application or passing the D.C. exam.  (

3/1/08              National Endowment for Democracy Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program.  Five month fellowship program that enables democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.  Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies (the Forum), the research arm of the Endowment, located in Washington , D.C. The Forum hosts 12 to 15 Reagan-Fascell fellows per year.  The program offers two tracks, a practitioner track and a scholarly track.  (

3/4/08              Lewis & Clark Distinguished Environmental Law Scholar.  The Natural Resources Law Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School is accepting applications from law school faculty, graduating law students and practitioners for this one-year position beginning in late August.  This position provides the opportunity to research and write an article or other scholarly piece on a topic in environmental or natural resources fields to be published in Lewis & Clarks’ law review.  For further information or application details see

3/15/08            Seton Hall Law School Urban Revitalization Practitioner-in-Residence (PiR).  This is a one year position from July 2008-July 2009 with expectation of renewal for one additional year.  The PiR will work with faculty in two sections of the Civil Litigation Clinic within the Center for Social Justice; one section focuses on improving urban education through empowering parents and the other emphasized improving the availability and quality of urban housing.  The position provides the opportunity for public interest attorneys with significant experience working in these subject areas to gain clinical teaching experience.  Applicants must be members of a state bar; New Jersey preferred.  Annual salary is $75,000 plus benefits.  For detailed application information see the posting on Symplicity or visit the Center for Career Development .

3/24/08            The Center for Reproductive Rights Columbia Fellowship.  A two-year fellowship, starting in July 2008, offered by the Center for Reproductive Rights (“the Center”) and Columbia Law School (“the Law School ”) designed to prepare recent law school graduates for legal aca­demic careers in reproductive health and human rights. Fellows will be affiliated with the Center and the Law School and will participate in the intellectual life of both programs.  Fellows will pursue independent research and scholarship in preparation for entering the legal academic job market at the conclusion of their first Fellowship year.  Fellows are expected to produce a work of serious scholarship during their Fellowship tenure. Fellows will also have responsibility for the planning and hosting of academic conferences and/or roundtable discussions.  The Fellow will receive a stipend of $ 55,000 per year for each full year in residence.  Applicants must show a strong interest in developing a research agenda related to reproductive health and human rights and show exceptional promise as a legal scholar.  For application form and information, see the posting on Symplicity or visit the Center for Career Development .

6/30/08            Cousins Public Interest Fellowship.  Two-year fellowship with teaching and research phase and a service phase. The Fellow will spend between one semester and one year at the University of Georgia School of Law teaching and doing research.  The balance of the two years the Fellow will work directly out of the host organization providing civil legal services to indigent Georgians.  (

Rolling            University of Denver Sturm College of Law Environmental Law Clinic Teaching Fellowship.  This is a three-year teaching fellowship designed for experienced lawyers interested in exploring the possibility of a career in law school clinical teaching.  The Fellow will supervise and train law students, teach classes, attend workshops, and pursue scholarship.  Applicants must have at least five years of legal experience (preferably litigation), demonstrated commitment to environmental public interest law, strong academic credentials and must be admitted to Colorado Bar or be willing to seek admission.  For detailed application information see the posting on Symplicity or visit the Center for Career Development .

Rolling            Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program.  Two-year fellowship beginning July 1, 2008 to supervise students in the Negotiation and Mediation Clinic and serve as a Lecturer in Law.   Ideal for JD with one or more years of business or legal experience with a focus on negotiation and dispute resolution and some experience in a clinical legal setting or direct supervision and mentoring of young attorneys or professionals.  (

TBA                National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) Fellowship Program.  Sponsored by the EPA for current undergraduate and graduate students to take conduct research projects at EPA Headquarters or 10 branch offices and laboratories.  The 2007 deadline was January 30.  (

 TBA                Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowships (

Various           American Association of University Women Fellowships.  Several domestic and international research and project fellowships and awards are available from this organization generally for work promoting education and equity for women/girls.  See the website for details of these fellowships and the application deadlines.  (


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FBI Careers: The Ultimate Guide To Landing A Job As One Of America’s Finest, 2002, Thomas Ackerman
This book contains: “specific guidance through the rigorous selection process including tips on standing out from other applicants; details on positions as special agents, computer specialists, police officers, scientist, intelligence specialists, financial analysts, electronic technicians, language specialists, office and support positions; and overview of the FBI Academy and training programs; tips on getting internships—an excellent way to ‘get a foot in the door;’ sample application forms-and tips for completing them.”

JD Preferred, 400+ Things You Can Do With A Law Degree, 1994, Federal Reports Inc.
A guide describing more than 400 currently active legal employment opportunities 
(other than practicing law) across all employment sectors--private, public, and 
nonprofit.  There is now a JD Preferred, 600+ Things You Can Do with a Law Degree that can be found at, but it is not published in hard 

The Lawyer’s Career Change Handbook: More than 300 Things You Can Do With a Law Degree, 1998, Hindi Greenberg, Avon
This book provides an excellent resource for those considering a change within or outside of the legal profession.  It includes examples of lawyers who have made 
effective job and career changes.

Non-Legal Careers For Lawyers, 2006, Gary A. Munneke, William D. Henslee 
and Ellen Wayne, American Bar Association
This book will help you explore career alternatives to the traditional practice of law 
that will utilize your legal education.  The book demonstrates how your legal education can be a tremendous asset in many other careers.

The Non-Traditional Legal Careers Report
This report is now available online at; (it was formerly issued 
in hard copy form approximately every two weeks).  The report contains job postings for a variety of nontraditional legal positions such as: bar association positions, business positions, positions with the judiciary, education positions, government positions, law library positions, legal publishing positions, policy/legislative positions, public interest positions and international positions.    A user id and password are required to access the report.  You may obtain this information by emailing to request the information.  Please provide Ellen with your full name and your date of graduation.

Running From the Law, 1991, Deborah L. Arron
After ten years of successfully practicing law, the author chose to give it all up.  Based on her own dissatisfaction with the profession, she began to research and explore why an increased amount of attorneys seem to be getting out of the legal system.  
"Running from the Law is primarily an anthology of the insights and histories of courageous professionals whose choices make a powerful statement about their 

What Can You Do With A Law Degree? A Lawyers Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside & Around the Law, 1999, Deborah Arron
This book contains a "compilation of career evaluation, planning, and job-finding exercises and information for lawyers and law students."  There are more than 500 
job titles and many additional resources to explore openings in many other areas of employment.  The chapters include, "Self- Assessment Tools and Resources", "Job Option For lawyers", and " Job Search Strategies and Tools."

A series of alternative career brochures are also available in the Center for Career Development.  These include:  Careers in Legal Publishing; Careers in Financial 
; Searching for an Alternative; and Careers in Human Resources.

Additional articles:


Nonprofit management & development (Coalition for Human Needs) (See “Jobs + Classifieds”)

Academic institutions (Academic positions) (Academic positions) (National Association of College & University Attorneys) (Association of American Law School) (Go to “Career Paths” then “Job Listings) (Academic institutions)

Law Firm Administration (Go to “Career Paths” them “Job Listings) (New York City Recruitment Association) (Professional Development Consortium) (Wisnik Career Enterprises)

Business development/Marketing


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Upcoming Events and Programs  

Tuesday, March 4, 12:45-1:45pm, CCD (A-207)
Pizza Roundtable Lunch on Pursuing Careers in Academia  
Join Prof. Leslie Garfield and Prof. Bridget Crawford in an informal discussion on how one can break into the field of academia.  Pizza and salad will be provided, or feel free to bring you own lunch.

Thursday, March 6, 5-8pm, Outside the Cafeteria
Evening Counseling Table

Tuesday, March 11, 1-2pm, C-101
9th Judicial District, Unified Court Program Information Session

Wednesday, March 26
, 5:30-8:30pm, Tudor Room
Career Roundtable Pizza Party
Come meet practitioners in various fields of practice in an informal "speed dating" format.  This event is tons of fun and very informative!

Monday, March 31, 6-8pm, Tudor Room 
IPSO Program on Careers in IP Law

Upcoming Summer Fellowship & Internship Deadlines    
(See CCD Weekly email for complete list of Summer and Post-Graduate Fellowships)


Friday, March 7, Resources for the Future (RFF) Summer Internship Program.  RFF, an independent nonprofit organization specializing in research, policy analysis, and public education on environmental, energy, and natural resource issues, has established this summer internship for graduate students to work with RFF researchers on a variety of ongoing projects or assist in the development of new areas of research and policy analysis.  RFF will post a list of anticipated research projects in January.  Students work in RFF’s Washington , DC office and receive a $375/week stipend. (

Friday, March 7, Federal Communications Bar Association Robert E. Lee Memorial Scholarship and Internship Fund.  Awards $4,000 stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with jurisdiction over the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).  (

Friday, March 14, Massachusetts Bar Foundation Legal Intern Fellowship Program.  Open to all current law students.  Awards stipend of $6,000 to selected students who volunteer for ten weeks during the summer at a nonprofit organization that provides civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts .  (

Saturday, March 15, J.W. Saxe Memorial Prize for Public Service.  A prize of two thousand dollars awarded to one or more students involved in public service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference will be given applicants who have already found such a position, but who require additional funds.  (

Monday, March 24, ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund Summer Legal Internship ProgramManaged jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.  Open to first and second-year law students.  Students must commit to no less than eight continuous weeks and will work for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates.  Early submissions welcomed.  (

Monday, March 24, Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowships. A $4000 stipend available for students who secure a full-time placement working at least ten weeks for a legal services organization.  Students may work anywhere in the United States , provided that the hiring organization is a non-profit organization providing direct civil legal services to the poor. Equal Justice America generally funds over 100 students per summer.   Students must work full-time (35-40 hours per week) for at least 10 weeks.  To apply, applicants must send a cover letter describing their commitment and interest in providing legal services to the poor, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and an employment confirmation letter from the hiring organization to Equal Justice America at the above address. All application materials must be sent together. *You should already have your placement when you apply and application deadlines for a sponsoring placement may be earlier. (

Rolling, Pennsylvania Legal Services Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program. Each summer, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network awards 10 paid internships to current first and second-year law students to participate in legal services work over the traditional 10-week summer internship period. (

Rolling, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) Summer Internships. CSPI is a national consumer organization that focuses on health and nutrition issues. CSPI offers internships for a small number of qualified students in undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical schools each summer and during the school year. Generally, an internship is for ten weeks. Graduate interns are paid an hourly wage of $8.00/hour. The specific dates of an internship are flexible and depend on our needs and the applicant's schedule. If you are interested in obtaining a summer internship at CSPI through the Everett Public Interest Internship Program, please indicate this on your cover letter. (See entry for Everett Program below.) (

Rolling, Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights. This fellowship will be awarded to a law student or recent law school graduate to work in any of Lambda Legal’s five offices during the summer of 2008. ( or visit the NALP website and see Resource Center – Diversity - Diversity Initiatives)

Various, Everett Public Service Internship Program. The Everett Program funds summer internships at the Washington, D.C. and New York City offices of the public service organizations listed on their website. Applicants must be current undergraduate or graduate students attending a United States university. Internships are for ten weeks. Applicants apply directly to each organization; there is no general application for the Everett Program. (

Various, Appleseed Fellowship Program. Appleseed, a non-profit network of 16 public interest justice centers, is seeking first and second year law student fellows for its national office in Washington, D.C. as well as for its Centers for Law and Justice located throughout the country. Summer fellows work full-time for ten weeks. (

Various, Environmental Careers Organization. Visit website to search for short- term internships at various environmental organizations and government agencies. (


March 2008, South Asian Bar Association (SABANY) Public Interest Fellowship.  SABANY annually awards two to three fellowships to outstanding law students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service so that they may spend their summer working unpaid in the New York area public interest sector.  Fellowships are awarded to either law students of South Asian descent working in an unpaid legal internship or those spending at least six weeks of the summer in an unpaid legal internship focusing on the needs of the South Asian community.  Was awarded in April last year. (

Sunday, March 30, John Heinz Senate Fellowship Program in Aging.  The John Heinz Senate Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for mid-career professionals in aging to learn public policy as a member of the U.S. Senate staff. Intended as a career development opportunity for professionals in the field of aging, the program will provide first-hand knowledge in the development and advancement of public policy and legislation that will improve the quality of life for older Americans.  (

Rolling, National Women’s Law Center Health Law Fellow 2008-1010.   This Center, in Washington , D.C. , seeks a rising third-year law student, judicial clerk, or other recent law school graduate to work on major health and reproductive rights policy initiatives affecting women. This is a two-year fellowship funded by the Center, available September 2008 and lasting until August 2010.  (

Rolling, Draper Richard Foundation Fellowships.   Funds six experienced, dedicated social entrepreneurs with a developed idea for a non-profit organization based in the United States each year.  The organization is funded $100,000 for three years.  (

Rolling, State PIRG Fellowships.  PIRG is the federation of state public interest research groups, a national network of nonprofit organizations that advocate on behalf of the public interest.  As a PIRG Fellow, you'll build expertise on global warming, campaign reform or another social problem. You conduct research, make the case for solutions, act as a spokesperson to the media, build diverse coalitions, write grants, and develop the kind of politically powerful support you need to win.  Fellowships are generally for one year. (

Rolling, Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) Fellowships.  Politically independent, TCS, located in Washington , D.C. , works with members of Congress and the Executive Branch, along with activists of all political philosophies, to cut wasteful government spending and reduce federal subsidies.  Fellowships are open to recent college graduates. Fellows receive a stipend of $1,250 per month and are usually assigned to work independently on a short-term project. (

Various, Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) Fellowship.  MLRC is a nonprofit, membership organization located in New York City , specializing in media and First Amendment law. MLRC does not itself engage in litigation, but serves as a resource center for its members, who include most major publishers, newspapers and television networks, as well as the law firms that defend the media. The MLRC Fellowship Program offers a recent law school graduate the unique opportunity to join in all MLRC projects and to contribute to and develop specific First Amendment research and/or writing projects.  (

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