Feb. 26, 2015 – The Black Law Student Association at the University of Houston Law Center today hosted a panel discussion on “Non- traditional Legal Careers” that focused on the versatility of a J.D. degree.
“Getting a law degree opens possibilities of other jobs,” Anthony Chase, a UHLC professor and CEO of ChaseSource LP, told more than 40 students during the lunch hour discussion. “It’s just about finding what floats your boat and being able to keep integrity and ethics because that is what every employer is interested in.”
Tiffany Tucker, associate director of the Law Center’s Career Development Office, mentioned different career fields available for people with law degrees, including human resources, compliance, non-profit, non-government organizations, consulting, and finance. She also emphasized the importance of being able to reach out to build a network and personal brand.
When applying for non-traditional jobs, Tucker and Erin McClarty, head of legal affairs for CGG, a geoscience company, advised students that no matter what type of job they are seeking, the emphasis of their cover letter and resume remains the same -- stressing skills that the company wants and projecting professionalism.
Jordan Latham, a Law Center alumna who works on tax law compliance issues for EY, a professional services company, advised the students to be open to every opportunity and to take the word “no” out of their vocabulary because you never know what doors may open.
In conclusion, Chase encouraged students to obtain additional education such as an M.B.A. or even a Ph.D, because knowledge is something every employer admires regardless of the industry.