From young lawyers to those retiring, learn '300 Ways' to use your law degree

Issue October 2004

Are you craving something more out of your legal career? Think there might be a better option for you, but just don't know how to get it started?

The MBA is giving you the first step to finding what could be your dream job - a reprise of last year's highly successful all-day conference "300 Ways to Use Your Law Degree," which will help you discover career opportunities. The program will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at the Radisson Hotel in Boston.

Hindi Greenberg, J.D., author of the bestseller "The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook," will be the featured speaker. She will discuss attorney career satisfaction and the many options available to those with a law degree.

Greenberg will offer insights on how to achieve career satisfaction within your current work, conduct career assessment to decide whether a job or career change is necessary, develop job-change strategies, assess the benefits and detriments of various job choices and discover alternative career options using a legal degree as a basis. She will give many examples of alternative careers both within and outside of the legal field.

Later, high-profile Boston-area professionals who have turned their legal educations to other uses will speak. During a series of roundtable discussions, our speakers will help attendees identify their skills and abilities and discuss how these might translate into new job or career possibilities. Attendees will learn about alternative careers and how to network themselves into new career prospects.

The conference also includes workshops on resume writing, interviewing and stress management. A copy of the "Lawyers Career Change Handbook" is included in the registration fee.

Greenberg said the job market continues to play a significant role in job change considerations.

"What is on the minds of people thinking about transitioning right now is the market," Greenberg said. "Those that have jobs are a little bit concerned about leaving them. The market is not wonderful. It is picking up, but it's not a wonderful market and some people wonder if it is stupid to leave a job to find another. And those who aren't employed are concerned about whether they will find a job.

"The good news is there are people finding new jobs and moving around."

But the program is not just for people who are unemployed or itching to leave their current employer, Greenberg said.

She recommends the program for anyone.

"I've even had a few pre-law people who want to see if they don't want to do traditional law what the options are," Greenberg said. "Other people attending are law students who don't necessarily want to go the traditional route of a big law firm; young lawyers who are just wanting to examine their options or are unhappy with what they are doing; and all the way to people getting near retirement and aren't ready to play a lot of golf and want to find other things that might interest them."

Additional faculty members include Barbara Bowe, LICSW, a clinician at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers in Boston; Dennis J. Calcagno, Esq. of Northeast Mediation & Arbitration in Quincy; Suffolk University Law School Dean of Student Affairs Beverly Coles-Roby; Amy Drachman, Esq., principal of HR Counsel in Arlington; Suzanne Glick Gilfix, Esq., principal of Diverse Solutions Consulting in Southborough; Jerry Howland, Esq., principal of Another Course to College in Boston; Julie A. Moore, Esq., president of Employment Practices Group in North Andover; Raquel Ortiz, Esq., law librarian, Boston University Law School, Boston; Lisa Terrizzi, Esq.; and David Yas, Esq., publisher and editor in chief, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Boston.