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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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How to answer the question “Why do you not want to be a lawyer anymore?”

December 7, 2013

So let’s say we begin to leave the law. We get a handle on our financial situation, we explore our Unique Genius, we get over … er somewhat mitigate … our fears, and we actually gain the courage to reach out to someone in our network for an informational interview over coffee on a weekday [...]

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The One Question You Should be Asking Yourself Right Now

November 28, 2013

One of the most pressing questions Leave Law Behind readers share with me is: What should I do? And What job should I go after? What else is out there? What do I do next? And asking this question makes a lot of sense. If you’re aiming to change your current situation and leave the [...]

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Nine Non-Legal Jobs You Can (Really, Truly) Do With a Law Degree

November 22, 2013

Many of us unhappy attorneys are tired, exhausted and frustrated with the practice of law. We are confused as to how, after all of the work we did in law school, all of the loans we took out, all of the hard work we did as an associate attorney, we now sit 3, 5, 8, [...]

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How you’ve already begun to leave the law (and just may not know it yet)

November 9, 2013

There is a lot that goes into leaving the law. You need to get a handle on your financial situation. You need to lessen your fears of the unknown. You need to explore your skills and strengths in order to inform what job and role you are best suited for. You need to get over [...]

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Everything one reader went through to leave the law and finally love his job

October 31, 2013

Mom and Dad beamed with admiration. Their faces were alight when they described my achievements to their friends: “he studied computer science and economics at a great university, graduated with honors from a top law school, found a coveted law firm job in D.C., and will be making a comfy six-figure salary.” Awesome sauce. My [...]

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Why that mean, ol’ HR person is not really someone to worry about

October 19, 2013

We think ahead. It’s just what we lawyers do. We consider scenarios for our clients, we do long term planning for our clients, we plan for the obstacles our clients may face. And as we personally explore what it takes to leave law behind, we also can’t help but plan for the many obstacles we [...]

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How your biggest problem can actually become your greatest source of energy

October 11, 2013

Our problems Many of us have problems. Issues. Troubling tasks we should meet head on. One of the biggest problems for many of us is the ever increasing dissatisfaction we have with the practice of the law. The hours are just too much. The career path is unclear. The work is boring. The work is [...]

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I did everything I was supposed to do but I’m still unhappy

October 3, 2013

Many of us did everything we were supposed to do. We did everything right. We got good or great grades in college, we labored through a LSAT prep course on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday nights, we got a decent or good score on the LSAT, we dutifully filled out law school applications and got accepted [...]

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Anxiety and stress will always be with you … and why that really isn’t such a big deal

September 27, 2013

One of the main reasons we want to leave the law behind is to escape the stress of begin a lawyer. The worry of meeting the court filing deadlines. The pressure of being up-to-date on the pertinent law and regulations. Having our client’s fate rest in our hands. The low chances of growing within the [...]

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