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Advance a Law-Related Career Without Passing the Bar

Law grads can work in financial services or human resources without a law license.

New law graduates shouldn't spend more than three years working outside of law if they want to practice at a firm, experts say.

New law graduates shouldn't spend more than three years working outside of law if they want to practice at a firm, experts say.

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Becoming a paralegal is also a popular option for people who want to work at a firm but not as a lawyer, experts say. Paralegals support attorneys and do a lot of administrative work. People frequently use this job as a steppingstone for becoming a lawyer, says Bryce.

"Being a paralegal can give you a really good overview of how a case proceeds from start to finish," she says.

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Bryce encourages people contemplating a career in law to think about their entire career trajectory.

"One of the keys of good decision-making is thinking about the long term," she says. "Sometimes what benefits you in the short term does not benefit you in the long term."

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