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Here’s how going to the dentist and jumping to hit a store sign can inspire us to leave the law

February 25, 2015

I got inspired going to the dentist. One of my best friends is a top dentist in Marin County, right north of San Francisco. We grew up together, and once or twice a year, myself and two other buddies drive up, have our teeth cleaned, head over to the gym for a workout and then […]

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How to get that (non-legal) hiring manager to take us seriously

February 15, 2015

One major theme in the feedback from the last post on Leave Law Behind is a sense of loss and confusion of how to even get started in leaving the law. This is mainly because some  of us have already tried to leave law. And it didn’t go well.   Some real life hurdles we face when […]

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What we fear is actually what we need

January 30, 2015

I spoke with some of the winners of last week’s post contest – they carved out time in their schedule to leave the law, sent me a picture of it on their calendar and we spent 30 minutes on the phone discussing whatever was top of mind for them. It was great. Some were long […]

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3 ways to finally take action and leave the law

January 19, 2015

What’s keeping us from leaving the law? I know, I know … we have a lot to do. We’re not sure where to start. We don’t want to tell anyone we’re unhappy. We don’t know of any jobs that pay as much as we make now. We don’t know who outside of the law would hire us. We have no time. It’s […]

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The most important new year’s resolution you can make right now

December 29, 2014

It’s the end of December, and many of us are making new year’s resolutions for 2015. Carrying through with these resolutions, however, can be difficult. This happens because they can be too demanding, unrealistic or vague. By the end of January, our discipline often wanes. And if we specifically aspire to leave law behind in 2015, […]

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The 5 main reasons why lawyers leave the law to join a startup

December 22, 2014

Quitting your job as a lawyer is hard. No one should ever tell you otherwise. As an associate at a law firm, you have a  stable career and an almost bullet proof trajectory to making six figures each year. Despite the freak-outs you may have about whether or not this is what you want to […]

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You can begin to leave the law right now by closing your eyes

December 14, 2014

For something to happen, for us to be able to accomplish something, there are a lot of initial things we can do. Set goals. Define requirements. Issue spot. Rally up resources. Identify who else can help. Sketch out a budget. Lay out a timeline. These are all tangible manifestations many of us feel comfortable with. […]

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She recruits lawyers who want a change in their life. Here are 5 things she has to say.

November 27, 2014

When Casey asked me to write a guest post, I thought it might be good to critically think about what is driving you to explore leaving the law. Before declaring to the world that you’re ready to leave law, it’s worth confirming whether you’re actually ready or if you’re just expressing frustration with your current […]

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How to think about your legal skills to position them for a non-legal job

November 17, 2014

One thing that is holding many of us back is that we think our skills only enable us to be lawyers. We have uncertainty around how we can actually use our legal skills in a non-legal job. We don’t know which skills are transferable. And this makes us feel that what we know is only […]

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How I learned a major aspect of leaving the law from riding on the subway

November 7, 2014

I take the subway to my office each morning. In San Francisco, public transportation is called the MUNI. I catch my MUNI train at the West Portal Station and ride underground to the Embarcadero. Usually it’s uneventful. Trains run (fairly) on time and it gets you where you need to go. And then there are […]

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