These past couple weeks have been dedicated to thinking of possible uses for my law degree that do not involve working for a large law firm. This is basically on the advice of my Career Services office, which has encouraged us to consider non-firm jobs. Also, see AboveTheLaw's sad article
This section is dedicated to background and skills:
I am 22 (1L). I go to a T20 law school. I have good, but not great grades (and would be looking for a biglaw job as of 2 years ago, based on where I'm at). I have a worthless Political Science degree from a crappy undergrad. I have no real work experience (interned for USDOC; worked for a midlaw firm; filed taxes). I don't have any great extracurriculars besides doing some athletic-type stuff. I have a really clean record. I am in really good shape. I can act very sincere and interested.
I am willing to suck it up and not make real money for a couple years.
I basically want to do something that at least makes me very marketable 3-4 years after graduation (and gets pay raises during this time). I can afford to start at 50k/y, but I would need legitimate pay increases during those 3-4 years, and after that time (or, maybe after a couple more years), I would like the opportunity to make legitimate money. For example, I was thinking of trying to do a JAG program (which I might not even be selected for), then lateraling into a USAttorney position, then working for a senator, and then becoming a lobbyist and making millions of dollars.
Likes and Dislikes:
Federal government jobs would be fine. So would private jobs. Using my law degree would be nice (but not a deal-breaker). I want challenging work that does not involve pushing paper. I like economic-type stuff. I like politics and (much more broadly) analyzing policies. I like making business decisions, although I don't really like selling things or managing people. Gathering intelligence seems cool, although I'm not really sure what that means (yet. (and I'm kinda kidding)). I don't mind moving or doing a little traveling. I don't mind intensely focusing on details, so long as there is depth to the details. I don't mind physically active jobs if they give-way to a promising future. I don't like not understanding how the "Steps" for Federal jobs work, however I do like great job-security and guaranteed, large pay raises without excess accountability. I may or may not be able to trick the Business school into letting me go into a JD/MBA program. Other likes: reasonable work hours, doing important/cool stuff, and being in an environment that lets me "continue my education," whatever that means. I don't like filling out surveys that start with "Do you like to work outdoors?" or "Do you imagine yourself in the corner of the room?"
So, there we go. I have been spending the last 2 years expecting to work for a big firm. That's not happening. I have no idea what other jobs are out there, so this could be fun. Also, I'm a currently unemployed 1L, so I have some time to get started. Hit me!
(p.s. maybe we could make this into a group game!)