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101 Things to Do With Your J.D., Besides Practice Law

By Gabriella Khorasanee, JD | Last updated on

Last week we responded to Slate's article bashing the notion that you can do anything with a law degree. We disagreed, and noted that while it is our opinion you can do anything with a law degree, it shouldn't be the sole, or main, reason you decide to go to law school.

To prove that you can, in fact, do just about anything with a law degree, we decided to give you a list of 101 things that you could do with your J.D. (because 99 was simply not enough). If this list proves anything, the starting point is to follow your passion and the rest falls into place.

In no particular order ...

    1. President of the United States: Jefferson to Obama (Yes, we know we skipped Adams, we like Jefferson better.)

    2. Lego artist

    3. Fashion designer

    4. Legal novelist, i.e. John Grisham

    5. Restaurateur

    6. Sports journalist

    7. Chef

    8. Entrepreneur

    9. Photographer

    10. First lady (à la Michelle Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton)

    11. Activist

    12. Singer

    13. TV network boss

    14. Consultant

    15. Journalist

    16. Crazed talk show host (oh, and mayor) like Jerry Springer

    17. Real estate agent

    18. Actor

    19. Co-host of the Today Show

    20. Radio producer

    21. Publisher

    22. Editor

    23. Motivational speaker

    24. Fashion blogger (there are a few of us just at FindLaw)

    25. Meditation coach

    26. Craft beer brewer

    27. Professional football player

    28. Boutique owner

    29. Venture capitalist

    30. Doctor

    31. Engineer

    32. Illustrator

    33. Therapist

    34. Compliance consultant

    35. SEO consultant

    36. PR Manager

    37. Law blogger (ahem)

    38. Senator, i.e. oh, forget it. Too many.

    39. Legal department operations manager

    40. Baker

    41. CEO

    42. Law Professor

    43. Yoga instructor

    45. Nobel Prize winner

    46. Law clerk

    47. Roy Orbison impersonator

    48. Book store owner

    49. Playwright

    50. Rapper

    51.Reality TV star  (sad, but true)

    52. Resort manager

    53. Speech writer (then become beloved character actor): Ben Stein

    54. Sports coach

    55. Art gallery owner

    56. Manager

    57. School principal

    58. Governor

    59. LSAT instructor

    60. Marketing Manager

    61. Lobbyist

    62. Banker

    63. Nomad

    64. Interior designer

    65. Headhunter

    66. Contract negotiator

    67. Stand-up comic

    68. Television producer

    69.  Poet

    70. Screen writer

    71. Agent

    72. Career Coach

    73. Handmade jewelry maker

    74. Internet troll (sadder, but true)

    75. Movie critic

    76. Graphic designer

    77. Inspiration for the character of Wonder Woman

    78. Magazine editor

    79. Grant writer

    80. E-discovery specialist

    81. Nanny

    82. Crazy journalist/talk show host, i.e. Geraldo Rivera

    83. Teacher

    84. Food critic

    85. Curator

    86. Ambassador

    87. Social media platform creator

    88. App creator

    89. Fundraiser

    90. Author

    91. House flipper

    92. DJ

    93. Fashion stylist

    94. Website developer

    95. Personal stylist

    96. Furniture tester

    97. Cartoonist

    98. Coffee roaster

    99. Hipster farmer

    100. Sommelier

    101. Clinical Ethicist

Convinced yet? The point is -- a law degree is not a handicap. It may not necessarily come into play in your next career, but it won't hurt you either.

Editor's Note, May 12, 2015: This post was first published in May 2014. It has since been updated.

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