JD-advantage legal careers are a rapidly growing segment of the legal job market. These positions, defined as law-related careers where a law degree is not required, but is nevertheless a considerable asset, have more than doubled in the legal marketplace since 2005. Many seasoned as well as new attorneys are successfully making the transition into rewarding JD-advantage careers where their law degrees and legal training are highly valued and relied upon.
Law-related positions are found in every employment sector and virtually every industry and economic endeavor—corporations, trade associations, professional associations, every level of government, advocacy organizations, foundations, colleges and universities, accounting firms, hospitals, museums, even law firms. To get a sense of the industries and job titles represented in this ever-growing segment of the legal job market, review this well-researched article, 600+ Things You Can Do with a Law Degree (Other Than Practice Law).
The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) has decided to capitalize on this growing trend and establish a recruiting event specifically geared towards these non-traditional, law-related employment opportunities. The JD-Advantage Career Table Talk (JDATT) invites employers to campus to speak to UHLC students and recent graduates about their organization and the opportunities they have for law students or graduates looking to embark on a non-traditional legal career. Culminating after a series of career panels discussing how former practicing attorneys made the transition into a JD-advantage career, the JDATT takes place in a common area, where employers are able to share information about their organization and employment opportunities.
This event provides employers the opportunity to meet informally with students and recent graduates, collect resumes for upcoming positions, and introduce their organization to a large number of potential candidates. Additionally, the event is an opportunity to expose UHLC students to the varied opportunities available in the JD-advantage legal career marketplace.
Who Can Participate in JD-Advantage Career Table Talk?
The JDATT is open to all current UHLC 2L and 3L students as well as recent graduates. Employers participating in the JDATT will be sharing knowledge with students about their industry and the types of non-traditional, law-related roles usually found in it. Additionally, employers will be informing students and recent graduates of ways to secure permanent or internship positions with their organization.
What Important Information Do I Need for JD-Advantage Career Table Talk?
A list of participating JD-Advantage Career Table Talk employers can be found on this website after Friday, October 4, 2019. They can also be viewed in Symplicity under the “Recruiting” tab under the session "2019 JD-Advantage Career Table Talk." For more information about the JDATT, UHLC students should contact their UHLC career counselor.
After the JDATT, employers may follow up with students/graduates regarding specific positions.
In addition to possibly securing employment, the JDATT is a great opportunity for UHLC students/graduates to network with a variety of employers and begin cultivating their professional network. There is no student fee, registration, or bidding process for this event.