Alternative Careers

Alternative Careers: I want one! (What are they?)
What is an alternative career and where can I get one?

 Susan Gainen has been writing, speaking and counseling students and alumni about Alternative Careers since 1992, when the Maryland Bar Journal published “Non-traditional career paths of the ‘90s.”  While at Minnesota, she presented on the topic six times at NALP conferences, twice at CLEO, and multiple times at Minnesota, and coached three generations of Minnesota alumni in their alternative careers searches. Beginning in the summer of 2009, she developed her own alternative path as a generation shift consultant, cooking teacher, and painter, she created Alternative Careers: I want one! What are they?  for law schools and bar associations.

This  program opens a door. Finding an alternative path takes work, commitment, research, dedication, relentless and creative networking, and, perhaps, some luck. Creating an alternative career is less like cooking ramen noodles (FAST!) and more like making barbecue (long, low, and slow).

Participants will:

  • Distinguish among traditional, non-traditional and alternative career paths.
  • Recognize and manage “frozen moment.”
  • Learn the roadblocks for lawyers seeking alternative careers.
  • Learn strategies and tactics for alternative career searches.
  • Understand why a “legal” resume won’t work.
  • Learn how legal skills and experience transfer to other settings.
  • Understand the competition.

Special pricing for 2014-2015 school year:

(1)    Share expenses and partner with other schools, student groups, bar prep vendors, and/or student services;
(2)    $550 per program plus travel expenses. Program fee includes electronic handouts and access to Susan Gainen for you and your students and alumni;
(3)    Same school, same trip, repeat program, $300;
(4)    Same school, same trip, other programs, $500 each.

To create a multi-program curriculum or a single program, contact Susan Gainen at or 651.917.0219.

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