Careers in Law and Business

Individuals interested in working in law and/or business will find there are many career options at places like companies, law offices and nonprofits. This article will cover the key educational requirements, job duties, and outlooks for several professions.

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Career Options in Law and Business

People with a degree or experience in law or business can work in a variety of industries, and their career options are not limited to being lawyers or businesspersons, although those are two options. Other career possibilities include nonprofit management or consulting work. Read on to discover five careers in law and business.

Job Title Median Salary Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Lawyer $118,160 (2016)* 9%
Nonprofit Director $64,260 (2017; for executive directors of nonprofit organizations)** 9% (for all other management occupations)
Magistrate $125,880 (2016; for judges, magistrate judges & magistrates)* 6% (for judges, magistrate judges & magistrates)
Human Resources Specialist $59,180 (2016)* 7%
Management Analyst $81,330 (2016)* 12%

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), **PayScale.com

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Career Information for Jobs in Law and Business


Lawyers work with individual or business clients on legal issues. They have the option to specialize in particular areas of law, like intellectual property or securities. Job duties may include providing clients with guidance on rulings or regulations, drafting and filing documentation like contracts or lawsuits, and appearing on their clients' behalf in court. Lawyers can operate their own practice or work for government agencies or businesses. This career requires a bachelor's degree, as well as a Juris Doctor. Lawyers will need to pass a state bar licensing exam.

Nonprofit Director

A nonprofit director oversees the overall operations for 501(c)(3) organizations. They can work for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including religious or environmental agencies. Job duties can include working with a volunteer board of directors to achieve organizational goals, managing financial operations, and identifying new funding sources. Nonprofit directors will need a bachelor's degree in a human service discipline or business management, with some employers preferring a master's degree.


Magistrates are responsible for overseeing hearings or trials. They typically hear cases for misdemeanors, traffic citations, and small-claims. Job responsibilities may include performing legal research, analyzing motions or claim applications and determining if the information supports the charge or claim, and writing decisions based on cases. Magistrate judges can work for municipal, state, or federal government agencies, and they are typically appointed or elected to their positions. They usually need a Juris Doctor and significant work experience as a lawyer.

Human Resources Specialist

A human resources specialist is responsible for sourcing new talent and managing personnel issues for an organization. They may work for employment services firms or professional and scientific services firms. Job duties can involve interviewing potential candidates, conducting new hire orientations, and overseeing benefits administration. Human resources specialists will need a bachelor's degree in human resources or business.

Management Analyst

Management analysts specialize in developing ways to streamline an organization's operations by minimizing cost and increasing revenue. They can work for professional or scientific services firms or be self-employed. Job responsibilities may include determining issues to fix by speaking with personnel and performing site assessments, examining financial data, and advising organizational management on recommended improvements. Management analysts should have a bachelor's degree, with some employers preferring a master's in business administration. Though voluntary, individuals can pursue the Certified Management Consultant credential through the Institution of Management Consultants USA to enhance job opportunities.

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