Alternatives to Law School

If you're interested in the law but you're not yet set on law school, you might want to consider an alternative legal career. Legal support positions, for example, allow you to learn about the law on the job (with a paycheck). Although lawyers may not admit it, sometimes their legal staffers are better versed in certain laws or procedures and are an invaluable source of support for a law firm. A career as a paralegal or legal assistant lets you see the law in practice and can also set you up well for law school in the future, if that's one of your goals. Let the Alternatives to Law School section of FindLaw for Law Students be your resource as you explore these alternative legal careers.

Alternatives to Law School Articles

  • Paralegal Programs

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if you practiced law without a license? Well, in one case, a former law partner and president of the local bar association in Pennsylvania was sentenced to 5 years in prison for doing just that, incredibly, for ten years. If this ambitious individual chose to pursue a paralegal career instead of deceiving her peers, clients, and state bar, her life could have turned out much better.  

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  • Legal Assistant Programs

    Legal assistant programs can be an excellent alternative for those interested in the law, but not interested in the stress and expense of law school. Legal assistants are increasingly important and empowered in the legal field. Learn more about this and other legal career options at

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