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In Tough Job Market, Law Grads Use J.D.s for Nonlegal Work

When big firm jobs are scarce, law school graduates get creative about their careers.

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Vada Dillawn, principal and founder of the Austin, Texas-based firm Dillawn & Clark PR, says she was surprised to find that public relations was a field where "the skills of advocacy, creative story telling, and good writing skills rule."

Dillawn, who holds a J.D. from South Texas College's law school, says her legal background helps her navigate copyright and patent law topics and advise a Malaysian client on U.S. trademark law. And she's also found the field to be profitable.

"Billing rates per hour start at $125 and go up, which is very comparable to billing rates for new attorneys in Texas," she says.

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