How often have you ever considered a complete career change? You may hear of individuals that go on to entirely change their focus in life after five, ten or even twenty years. There are some surprising individuals that you may not be aware who were previously working in the legal profession.
1. Julio Iglesias
He may be known for his crooning however this was not his original plan. A student of law, he was paralysed following a car accident in 1963. During his three year recovery he taught himself how to play guitar and discovered that he had an unknown natural talent as a musician. He pursued his law studies, finally qualifying in 2001.
2. John Cleese
One of UK’s original funny men, John’s career within the finest of comedy performances was preceded by a law degree studied at Cambridge University. Having met fellow comedy partner Graham Chapman at university, they chose set to set up the Monty Python company.
3. John Grisham
Following a series of unsuccessful jobs that included a plumber’s assistant and an underwear salesman, John chose to study for what he considered a ‘real’ career. His original plans were to become a tax lawyer; however he found that becoming a trial lawyer would be better suited. Having observed a harrowing trial following the case of a rape case of a young girl he was inspired to write ‘A Time to Kill’.
Originally studying law and passing the bar in 1891 in London, Gandhi returned to India to practice. However he soon found that he was too shy to speak loudly in court.
5. Jerry Springer
Infamous for being the original talk show host of scandalous over the top arguments, Jerry initially studied for his law degree in 1968. After qualifying, his first role was as an aide to Robert Kennedy. Following Kennedy’s assassination, he moved to another law firm. He soon became involved in local politics and a radio celebrity. This eventually elevated him to television.
6. Andrea Bocelli
Having originally studied law at the University of Pisa, Andrea spent his free time singing as a tenor to earn more money. After graduating in the 1980s he worked for a year as a lawyer before deciding that his heart was in singing and music.
7. Jeff Cohen
Not a name that you may be highly familiar with. If you had watched the children’s film ‘The Goonies’ back in the 1980s, you may remember the character of ‘Chunk’. Following a business degree he chose to study for his law degree at the UCLA School of Law. He went on to become an Entertainment Lawyer, a role that would combine his previous acting experience and knowledge.
There are also many individuals that have chosen to move from the world of celebrity across to the varied law sector. With the many options that are available to practise as a lawyer , they have been able to combine their previous experience.
8. Brian Moore
Formerly a UK rugby player, he chose to swap the dramas on the pitch for the less likely choice of law. Originally continuing to play in rugby union in the 1990s he played for Harlequins at the same time as becoming a solicitor in London. He eventually chose to retire from rugby, becoming a full-time lawyer before returning to BBC Sport in 2003.
9. Christopher Parker
One of the most recent celebrities to have chosen such a career change, the television star of Eastenders and Strictly Come Dancing is currently studying for his law degree in London.