The resume for the founder of Reagan Wireless, Daniel Kaufman, seems tailor-made for a long and distinguished career in a prestigious law firm. But Kaufman is not a practicing lawyer – instead, he is joining an increasing number of law school graduates who are using their training to carve a thriving career in business.
Reagan Wireless specializes in cell phone recycling and other forms of electronic repurposing (eCycling). In his words, Daniel Kaufman “aims to increase the company’s eCycling efforts to do its part for the environment.”
“Green entrepreneur” might not be a term that immediately springs to mind when considering job prospects for legal students. Here’s how modern legal minds are using their skills to innovate and grow independent businesses.
The definition of an entrepreneur is “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.” By this definition, the training and education associated with becoming a member of the legal profession is a perfect fit. A lawyer has to be organized, and they often take on greater-than-average financial risks simply to acquire a legal education.
A trained and qualified lawyer has other attributes that are well-suited for a career in business. During his or her time in school, a lawyer learns to be diligent in studying and preparing. To graduate, a lawyer needs to have highly-developed research skills and must be able to present and defend research.
The ability to research and make a compelling argument for the result may be the most effective skill that a lawyer can transfer to entrepreneurship.
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