Many JD's and attorneys who are currently practicing or who want to leave their practice and teach believe that the only subject they can teach is purely, "law". They run their job search in the big job boards for law only, eliminating a lot of other possible teaching areas. While JD's are obviously qualified academically and with experience to teach law courses, there are other subjects that those with a JD are often qualified to teach. Of course we don't recommend that you try to teach in a subject you have no interest in, but here are some areas our clients teach in that may help you brainstorm to broaden your job search:

 
  1. Business Law - sometimes this falls into a general business category. If you see a "business job pool" ad, you may want to jump on it. Often in this mix are courses on ethics and business law, which you may be fully qualified to teach.
  2. Healthcare Law - this is more common, and falls into the healthcare categories; particularly healthcare administration and policy.
  3. Criminal Justice
  4. CyberSecurity - some schools want someone with an IT background to teach this course, others want someone with a law background. Check out the details and if you feel qualified, consider applying.
  5. Political Science - many schools consider your work as a JD sufficient to teach political science. You likely have 18 graduate hours in history/public policy/political science.
  6. Public Policy / Public Administration - for the same reasons as #5
  7. Non Profit Law - another area we see pop up relatively often, which falls into a business job lead category
  8. International Trade/International Law - chances are you took these courses and have the required units. Unless you are competing with a candidate with a doctorate in this subject, you are likely as qualified - or more - than someone with a business degree.
  9. Educational Law - we see this now and again, falling into the area of education. Consider broadening your search to education disciplines.
  10. Paralegal - about 5% of the job leads in law we find are in the paralegal area. Attorneys are certainly qualified to teach these courses, though some schools may find you overqualified. Make the case for why you want this position very clear in your cover letter.
  11. Ethics - this can fall into humanities, business or a number of other areas. Likely you have more than 18 graduate hours in some form of ethics courses, which would qualify you at many institutions to teach these courses.

If you are an attorney and/or have a JD and you're looking for work, consider broadening your search and explaining in your cover letter how you are academically qualified to teach the subject you are applying to teach, and be sure to back it up with unofficial transcripts and your interest in doing so.

Happy job hunting!

 

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