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Only when I was really honest with myself did I realize why I had to leave the law

May 8, 2014

The main reason why I left the law is because I wasn’t really that good at it. I’m not looking for pity or using this as an excuse. I’m just being honest with myself. The skills that were required in my practice of the law as in-house counsel – attention to minute detail, detailed contract [...]

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Some people critiqued what I did and here’s how I found a way to deal with it

April 21, 2014

I wrote a guest post for Above the Law’s Career Center last week. I thought it was pretty good, and some readers did too. They thought the article was helpful, answered some top of mind questions for them and laid out what transferable skills lawyers possess in a clear and accessible way. But some others [...]

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Seven skills attorneys have that the rest of the world would die for

April 5, 2014

Some of us lawyers want to leave the law: We are unhappy and dissatisfied with our work situation. We suffer long hours. We find our day-to-day lawyer tasks mostly uninteresting. We are demotivated because we are not included in the partner track discussions. We feel we receive little-to-no mentoring. We are weighed down by high [...]

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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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