[CASEY’S NOTE: The following is a guest post by a Leave Law Behind reader, Kate Morthland (Linkedin Profile), full of detailed tips and guidance as to how she left the law for a career in Public Policy.]
I make most of my life decisions based on unrelenting intuition. If I have a “gut feeling” about a dog, I adopt said dog. If I “feel” like making a career change, I make it. If I make a terrifying realization in the middle of law school that I do not want to be a lawyer- I chart my own path.
Looking back, I couldn’t be happier that I utilized my skills I attained in law school for an alternative career as a policy analyst. I am living proof that “legal skills” are incredibly transferable. Ponder this– If you are an attorney standing in front of a courtroom, you have amazing public speaking skills. If you are a mediator, you have superb negotiation skills. The skills you learned in law school and practice daily are rare gems that can bolster your resume. The trick is messaging. We all know the law leaves little room for creativity,