It often comes as a surprise to most people when I express my passion for public interest advocacy. The burning question that most people ask is this, “why would someone with the potential to earn a six figure salary choose to carve out a career in social justice?”
It is a well known fact that careers in social justice pay considerably less compared to careers in corporate firms. However, a good number of lawyers working in this field have discovered that social justice work, gives one the opportunity to connect one’s career goals with one’s values, concerns and beliefs. Most find themselves immersed in work they are passionate about.
The flexibility that the work offers means that those who wish to have a good work life balance are highly likely to be attracted to legal careers in social justice. There is the myth that working in public interest law tends to lock people into it for life and prevent mobility to other areas of law. This is not necessarily true. Lawyers in social justice are actually more mobile than those in private firms.
Whatever area an individual positions themselves in, it is vital to work in an environment that harnesses your strengths and gives you the opportunity to fine tune those lawyerly skills.