"We're forecasting a 14 percent increase in legal marketing and business development professionals," Roach says.
If someone hasn't gone to law school, but has an interest in law, he or she may work as a communications manager or chief marketing officer, or in functional roles for social media, market research or pricing strategy, Roach says.
Business school graduates can be especially coveted by law firms for non-attorney roles. "More and more, firms want an MBA because that's where that analytical development is really going to be helpful," Roach says.
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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