Earning a master’s degree will allow you to pull together your experience as an attorney and expand in another area that you have a deep interest in. A master’s degree can provide greater job security and income. These five master’s degree programs can place you on the pathway to advancing your career as an attorney.
The JD/MBA is at the crossroads of law and business in the legal and corporate worlds. The JD/MBA doesn’t need to learn the language necessary to draft a large bank’s loan documents or complete a corporate acquisition. In the corporate world, the analytical skills that a lawyer possesses coupled with their business knowledge places them in very favorable positions to move into corporate hierarchy. The finest business and law schools in the country have specifically designed programs for the JD/MBA.
Patent lawyers are some of the highest paid attorneys on the planet. It’s harder to become a patent lawyer without an engineering degree. A master’s degree in engineering places the patent lawyer at the cutting edge of science and technology. They’re also permitted to heavily involve the analytical skills they developed while becoming an attorney in either obtaining or litigating patents.
An attorney with a master’s in criminal justice is an excellent candidate for becoming a top law enforcement officer, administrator, prosecutor, defense attorney or judge. Many fully accredited and highly respected universities even offer criminal justice master’s degree programs online. Upon acceptance, there are no geographical or time barriers.
For those that wish to earn their master’s degree in law by plugging in from anywhere in the world, the University of Southern California LL.M online program can be completed in a year. The LL.M degree places the graduate in a distinct and elite segment of attorneys who have studied beyond their JD degrees. The LL.M makes the attorney a highly regarded candidate for careers in academia, public policy, government service, business and the practice of law itself.
An attorney with a master’s in healthcare administration is positioned for upper echelon management positions with hospitals, government, pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies. Job growth in this area of law and administration is expected to remain quite healthy until at least 2022.
If you’re already an attorney but want to continue to enrich your life and career, a master’s degree program is available in whatever field you’re interested in.
This article is from Lizzie Weakley, a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her four-year-old husky Snowball.