The legal profession seems like it’s all about lawyers when in truth countless people work jobs to support those who practice law. Finding a niche in the legal world without having a law degree might seem like a daunting task, but it isn’t. There are tons of exciting and rewarding careers out there for you seek them out. Many of these jobs are highly sought after and high paying. Finding the right job for you likely will come down to seeing a job that fits your areas of expertise and what your educational background is.
E-Discovery professionals are the on the front lines of a whole new field in the legal system. Discovery is the standard process before a trial where both sides reveal all the vital information they expect to use to argue their case before a jury. In the olden day’s discovery meant pouring over tons of folders full of notes, dates, transactions and all kinds of information. Now, this information is on computers and in the cloud online and having skilling professionals who understand how data works and can safely protect and store this data is so very important when it comes to handling trials in today’s courtrooms. This is already a two billion dollar a year industry, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. If you have a background in the law and computers seeking out a job as an E-Discovery professional may be the right decision for you.
Legal nurse consultant is another growing job market. Legal nurse consultants help lawyers understand the complex medical jargon that often comes with malpractice cases or cases that involve some insurance fraud, a workman’s comp claim, or a personal injury lawsuit. Being a professional nurse and taking courses on how to be certified as a legal nurse consultant is usually the path a person chooses to get into this field.
Another one of the many careers in law without being a lawyer is being a litigation support professional. Big lawsuits often involve all kinds of information that has to be kept up to date and be easy to retrieve when a lawyer needs vital data. Litigation support professionals manage vast databases of information for the lawyers and firms they work for so that the lawyers are free to work on case strategy and the facts of the case at hand. This is another job where having an It background and a law background will be a big help.
Jury consultants are people lawyers call upon to help them study a jury pool and help to mold a jury that will be more sympathetic to their case. They can support a lawyer work on how to frame their questions to appeal to certain members of the jury. Jury consultants generally have a Ph.D. in a behavioral science field. A background in law is not required but can help.
These and many other jobs are just waiting for you in our legal system. Chart your path to a new career today.