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The way we are thinking about our time in law school is keeping us from leaving the law

March 29, 2014

For many of us, no matter how unhappy we are as an attorney, or how little hope we have, or how much confidence we lack, or how little satisfaction we get, we still can’t leave the law. And we can’t leave the law due in large part to our past investment in law school. Law [...]

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How blaming ourselves is just a distraction from our goal of leaving the law

March 16, 2014

In many of the emails and comments I receive weekly, there is a lot of blame running around amongst us. And it is mainly being pointed at ourselves. I shouldn’t have gone to law school. I shouldn’t have racked up so much debt. I shouldn’t have gotten into this job situation. I shouldn’t have made [...]

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8 things I wish I knew when I decided to leave the law

March 6, 2014

This blog is almost four years old. The spirit and adventure of Leave Law Behind began in 2004, when I myself left the law for good. And it started to really take shape in earnest in the summer of 2009, when I was asked by the career services office of my alma mater, UC Hastings, [...]

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Dear anxiety, you only make me better

February 25, 2014

For many of us unhappy attorneys, we’re feeling pretty down right now. We feel we’re locked into a legal job we don’t like. Or we feel we can’t get any job at all. We feel that our set of skills is limited only to a law practice. We feel time is flitting away. We feel [...]

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How I’m struggling just like you are

February 16, 2014

I did not write a post for this blog last week. I haven’t yet written those guest posts for those numerous other sites that have generously requested one of me. I met with only one client in the past two weeks. I haven’t yet started on my Leave Law Behind book. I haven’t yet begun [...]

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If you are a lawyer battling depression, you may want to read this

January 31, 2014

My friend, Dan Lukasik, who runs the Lawyers with Depression website, asked me to post some information on his up-coming webinar ”Getting Work Done While Depressed”, coming up on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Here is more from Dan. ====== If you’re a lawyer that struggles with depression, you’re not alone.  Studies [...]

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Here are three reasons why looking for a job can doom our efforts to leave the law

January 24, 2014

It’s courageous to admit to ourselves that we may want to leave the law, that we’re not happy continuing as a practicing attorney. It is a sign that we have the ability to know ourselves, that we aspire for more than we are currently achieving, that we are strong enough to take on new challenges. [...]

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Why avoiding being disappointed may actually result in you being disappointed

January 8, 2014

While we are excited to leave the law behind, most of us only want to do so if we can guarantee one thing: We leave the law perfectly. We want to make no mistakes. We want to guarantee our path to freedom. We will boldly steer from our current course … as long as we [...]

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How you can tell if staying in (and not leaving) the law is actually best for you

December 27, 2013

Leave Law Behind is a blog and community where we support each and share ideas of how we can leave the law. As I mentioned in a recent comment to a reader, that’s because many of us have realized that we do not want to be lawyers any longer. For many of us it was [...]

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The most convincing, forceful, undeniable reason that compelled me to leave the law

December 21, 2013

A recent story: I was in my friend’s law office last week, and we were discussing a side project that I’m working on. We were interviewing and brainstorming with another person who may help us with this project, a person that my lawyer friend introduced me to. As we discussed things, in his beautiful law [...]

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