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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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3 reasons why bad things in our lives can actually be extremely helpful

October 27, 2014

Recently I put together a survey for readers to answer a few questions. I wanted to get an idea of what’s top of mind for all of us, what types of issues we’re dealing with, and what new products or services we all thought might be best for us all. You can see the survey […]

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Why I’m going to begin ice skating and what that has to do with you leaving the law

October 14, 2014

My wife and my kids ice skate. And there is nothing I can do about it. I do not know how to ice skate. And I’m actually kind of afraid of it. I love physical activities and playing sports. But growing up in San Francisco, there weren’t many ice skating rinks. There was one dilapidated […]

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Real life stories of lawyers who have left the law

September 21, 2014

When Casey asked me to write a blog for Leave Law Behind, I asked myself what would be most helpful to the LLB community. Having interviewed hundreds of former lawyers, and profiling 30 of them in my book, Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the JD You Have, I thought it might be […]

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The horns blare and the drums beat and your power is now limitless

September 13, 2014

Okay, quick test. What is 9X9? 5X3? 7X6? 8X8? 13X8? Pretty easy those first four multiplication questions, but that last one, hmm. Had to think about it, didn’t you. Here’s how I finally figured it out: 13 times 10 is 130, and 8 is 2 less than 10, so I’ll subtract 13 X 2 which […]

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