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mind about psychiatry is that there is a lot of time spent with medical training (similar to other special areas in medicine) -- this is important to know because it can mean less time focusing exclusively on psychological issues compared to, say, a clinical psychologist (e.g., Metz, 2016). Law school.Another alternative path is to attend law school and earn a J.D. (Juris Doctor). Similar to medical training, there are also dual degrees available, such as a J.D. / Ph.D. It is important to understand that law careers are not exactly what you see on
television shows or in movies -- only a small percentage of law takes place inside a courtroom (e.g., Lorenz, 2014) -- and there are a number of different subfields that students can choose as their area of concentration. Psychology is a good fit for a career in law because the legal field involves so many aspects of human behavior (e.g., Golding & Lippert, 2016a) -- memory, bias, reasoning, and social interactions, just to name a few. A former psychology major who went on to law school argues that the psychology major is a great preparation because of the emphasis on writing, conducting searches for relevant articles, and critical thinking (Lorenz, 2014). Other possibilities.Besides medical school or law school, your education in psychology can also lead to other paths. For example, psychology majors can pursue graduate training in fields such as Education, Business, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy. Keep in mind that (a) this is not a comprehensive list, and (b) you may need to complete additional courses or other experiences (e.g., internship, shadowing, etc.) to qualify for graduate programs outside of psychology. Clinical Internships and Postdoctoral Research PositionsBefore we leave this module, we want to introduce two more positions that can be relevant to those of you who are considering graduate school. These occur at the end of or after completing a doctoral program, so you will not be applying to these right after you complete your undergraduate degree. However, because they are so common and because you may have heard of them without having them explained, we are going to introduce them to you here. Clinical internship.The first is a clinical internship -- this typically occurs during the final year of a doctoral program in clinical psychology. Doctoral grad students apply for a set of ranked internships and then they are (hopefully) matched with one of their choices. The early years of doctoral training is meant to prepare graduate students for this internship experience, and this internship is typically a required step for future licensure and employment (Williams-Nickelson, Prinstein, & Keilin, 2018). Postdoc.The term postdoc is short for postdoctoral researcher or scholar. This is a temporary (typically 1 to 3 years) position for people after they earn a doctorate and it typically focuses on research (National Postdoctoral Association, n.d.). This provides people a chance to beef up their research credentials by publishing more, collaborating with new people, or learning to use new research tools or technology. Today, it is very common for (former)

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