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Want to give back to the next generation, to make the world a better place for the youth? You can. And you don't even have to drop out of the law and take up a second career teaching disadvantaged youth in the inner city, despite your love for "Freedom Writers." (Or "Dangerous Minds," or "Stand and Deliver," or "To Sir, With Love," or "Blackboard Jungle," or even "Welcome Back, Kotter.")
There's plenty of ways you can use your J.D. to improve the lives of children. So, as part of our affiliate partnership with Indeed, here are three of this week's coolest, pro-youth legal jobs.
Arkansas Children's Hospital is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the United States, with over 500 physicians, 200 residents, and 350 beds, spanning 36 city blocks in downtown Little Rock. It's big and it's busy. In 2011, the hospital set a national record for the most pediatric heart transplants, giving new hearts to 31 children and adults that year.
Of course, you won't be doing any heart transplants, but as assistant general counsel, you'll be part of making sure that the hospital's life-saving business goes on without a hitch. That includes advising executives, helping guide the hospital through complex financial transactions, and even dealing with hospital forms. (If assistant GC isn't your thing, they're also hiring a legal contracts manager as well.)
Did you know that nearly 15 percent of students are chronically absent, missing at least one day of school every two weeks? That in some schools, 40 percent of students may not show up on a giving day? Truancy, often connected to poverty and instability, can drastically reduce a child's chances of educational success.
You can be part of solving that problem, while helping protect students' rights, as part of the University of Baltimore's Center for Families, Children, and the Courts. As a truancy attorney, you'd work with an interdisciplinary team of coordinators, educators, social workers, and more to address issues affecting family's in Baltimore's Truancy Court Program.
But it's not just truant kids you'd be working with, it's the youth in law school as well. As a truancy attorney, you'd also be responsible for training law students and support staff to help identify legal barriers to school attendance.
As attorney for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, you'd be fighting for education equity while working under the group's racial justice docket. That means working in direct services, as well as policy advocacy and impact litigation, while bringing the power of some of the group's hundreds of pro bono attorneys to bear on key issues.
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