A. Nony Mouse wrote:Not lwoods, but I've heard that about HR - since you're dealing with employment issues, some companies find it a benefit to have someone who knows the legal side of things (like when you can fire someone and how you can do it without getting sued, how to discipline employees, how to ensure hiring complies with federal/state law, that kind of thing). I also know someone in what I'd call a hybrid counsel/HR gig at a company that has a lot of international employees, so she does a lot of employment visa paperwork.
I don't know to what extent employers actively try to hire JDs to do this, nor do I know what the pay is like, but it's an area where you can argue that the JD is an advantage, at least.
Yeah, this is pretty much it. When I've seen JDs in HR, it's typically been at the more senior level, but since HR departments often have a big hand in company policies regarding hiring, promotion, benefits, etc., knowing how the law works is a huge asset. An entry-level recruiting position, however, won't deal much with the law outside of having to be mindful of it.
Just something to keep on your radar if you've taken employment law classes.