MBA announces "Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree"

Issue April 2009 By Kelsey Sadoff

For members who are looking to explore what other career options exist in light of today’s uncertain economy, the Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce the upcoming “Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree” conference on Thursday, April 16, at Lombardo’s in Randolph.

Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree will examine alternative legal careers for practitioners who are looking for a new career challenge and the opportunity to gain insight into how to achieve career satisfaction. “The Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree conference will meet the needs of lawyers who are looking for opportunities to use their skills,” said MBA Treasurer Denise Squillante. “For lawyers who are just starting out, or for lawyers who are looking to transition in their career, this program will provide guidance for their professional career and networking opportunities.”

Conference attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a self-assessment session outlining the skills and experience that might be necessary to transfer to another work setting, and will be able to discuss different areas.

“The Creative Ways conference will touch on many important points: ways of self-assessment, finding the right fit, considering one’s options, networking and polishing one’s resume. The afternoon portion will also feature a panel of experienced legal professionals who are using their law degrees in non-traditional positions. Attendees who are considering a career change can benefit from the speakers’ personal journeys, advice and ideas,” said Ursula Furi-Perry, a featured conference presenter and author of the ABA-published book Fifty Unique Legal Paths: How to Find the Right Job. This book will be distributed to attendees.

“We’re excited to have such a dynamic group of professionals talk with MBA members and help guide them on the path to achieving career satisfaction,” said MBA Continuing Legal Education Manager Elizabeth Varney, Esq.

“Especially in light of the current economy, it’s essential for lawyers — whether just starting out as new attorneys, looking for a new position, or considering a career change — to consider all of their options and sharpen the tools in their ‘career toolbox.’ A tough economy means job seekers must be more flexible, more proactive and more informed; it also means they have to keep an open mind about their options and hone the career skills that will allow them to find a position,” said Furi-Perry.

“The J.D. degree is probably one of the most versatile advanced degrees one can possess, as both law school and traditional practice hone research, writing and analytical skills. Yet transitioning to another career path is often a daunting prospect. How does a well-trained attorney identify what other options exist, and how does one explore these options most effectively? Speakers will examine the most important factors in considering a career change, how one can best make an efficient and informed transition, and the types of opportunities for which attorneys are particularly well-suited,” said Lisa Terrizzi, chair of the MBA’s Lawyers in Transition Committee and an event speaker.

This program is sponsored by the Lawyers in Transition Committee as a benefit to all members.