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Money. You likely feel you’ll never be able to make enough money in a “non-law”, alternative job. You worry you have too much law school student debt to pay off. Or too many personal expenses.
So ergo you never take that first step to leave your law practice behind.
I’m here to debunk this myth … and tell you that this “money issue” should not paralyze you.
I shot the below short video (4:28) showing you how to break free.
You can leave your practice and find an “alternative” career that you love and supports your lifestyle. Begin by taking Casey’s “How Much Do You Really Know About Leaving the Law?” quiz to see if leaving your practice is right for you. Start the quiz by clicking here.
Or click here to schedule a free call with me to discuss whether you should leave the law,
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Let’s deep dive into one of the major doubts getting in your way of leaving your law practice: You do not believe you have the transferable skills to begin an “alternative” career.
You want to leave the law: You are unhappy and dissatisfied with your work situation. That’s why you’re here.
You suffer long hours. You find your day-to-day lawyer tasks mostly uninteresting. You are demotivated because you are not included in the partner track discussions. You feel you receive little-to-no mentoring. You are weighed down by high student loans.
And maybe, most importantly, you feel that your professional skill set is not really in alignment with the duties and responsibilities required to be a lawyer. You are not fully confident that you can be a real good lawyer. It’s turning out that what you are good at doing and what you enjoy doing isn’t what an attorney does. You’re pretty sure that this lawyer gig is really not for you.
But you don’t leave the law because you have sincere doubts that any of your legal job skills are transferrable to any non-legal jobs.
I was certain I was about to fall to my death.
Let me back up.
There is a new indoor rock climbing wall at the Glen Park Rec Center here in San Francisco. You know, the 30 to 40 foot gymnasium walls strewn with multi-colored, bolted-in climbable cracks, rocks and arches for safety harnessed climbers to ascend to the top and live out their bouldering dreams.
On a recent rainy day, I went there with my wife and children. I put on my helmet, strapped on my climbing harness, attached my carabiner to the rope, looked up at these multi-colored rocks lining the climbing route and yelled “On beley!” to the attendant to get started.
And even though this was my first time ever rock climbing, I expected to climb straight up all the routes and impress myself, my family and other onlookers watching below.
I mean, how hard can this rock climbing thing be? I’m in pretty good shape. It’s like going up a ladder, right?!
(You can see where this story is headed.)
I’m a big fan of Jen Sincero’s “You Are a Badass” series of books.
In her book around Money, she has a chapter called “Align With Your Truest You.” What jumped out at me was her insight that:
“So often we discredit the things that come naturally because we’ve bought into the idea that success needs to be difficult, or that if something comes easily to us, it must come easily to everyone, and therefore isn’t worth pursuing in any serious sort of way.”
Permission to believe in yourself.
As you frame out your Unique Genius (Module 4 of the Leave Law Behind Career Coaching Program) and really begin taking those steps to align what you do well with alternative jobs out there, please keep this insight from Jen in mind. I feel this is what we’ve seen surface in the recent Unique Genius Spotlight Live Trainings.
You are detailing (or soon will detail) your skills and strengths. You are bucketing them. You’ve got (or are getting to) an idea of what types of jobs might be a fit for you.
Today is Martin Luther King day. The quote of his that resonates with me the most is the ultimate measure of a person is not where he or she stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he or she stands at times of challenges and controversy.
This quote speaks to me not only at a high, macro level of trying to change the world, but also on the day-to-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute level helping the LLB community.
This quote helped me when I was struggling to overcome the fears and blockers that reared their heads as I considered leaving my plum software licensing job.
This quote helped me as I tried to muster the motivation to understand what “alternative” jobs were out there, and how I could match my “transferrable” skills to them.
Intellectually you know that personal growth like leaving your law practice and finding an alternative career comes by embracing change and facing the unknown and going through the obstacle.
But emotionally, you’re still afraid and let this fear paralyze you and you end up doing nothing.
[CASEY’S NOTE: The following is a guest post by a Leave Law Behind reader, Kate Morthland (Linkedin Profile), full of detailed tips and guidance as to how she left the law for a career in Public Policy.]
I make most of my life decisions based on unrelenting intuition. If I have a “gut feeling” about a dog, I adopt said dog. If I “feel” like making a career change, I make it. If I make a terrifying realization in the middle of law school that I do not want to be a lawyer- I chart my own path.
Looking back, I couldn’t be happier that I utilized my skills I attained in law school for an alternative career as a policy analyst. I am living proof that “legal skills” are incredibly transferable. Ponder this– If you are an attorney standing in front of a courtroom, you have amazing public speaking skills. If you are a mediator, you have superb negotiation skills. The skills you learned in law school and practice daily are rare gems that can bolster your resume. The trick is messaging. We all know the law leaves little room for creativity,
A reader sent in this link of what I’m calling the “song of the year” for us unhappy attorneys considering leaving the law.
It’s from the show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, which details the adventures of an anxiety and depression suffering real-estate lawyer who panics when her top New York City law firm offers her partnership and instead relocates to Southern California.
Click below to watch and listen.
If these lyrics resonated with you, and you want to leave the law, then talk to me to learn more about the Leave Law Behind Program. Schedule a free consult call with me directly and we can see if it’s a fit for you. Click here to sign up and schedule a time.
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You may suffer from “imposter syndrome” as an attorney, and feel like you do not know what you are doing day to day.
But there is a way to stop this. Here’s how …
Click here to schedule a strategic call with me, Casey Berman, founder of Leave Law Behind. I will get on the phone directly with you and give you that start you need to leave the law. I will take you through the steps you need to know right now to leave your legal practice. Wouldn’t it feel great to just align with the job, feel like you’re really doing something that you know how to do.
Casey Berman, founder of Leave Law Behind and I am as always happy to be with you in this short video.
I want to talk to you today about something that I know I experienced as an attorney and you probably have experienced or likely experiencing it and that is feeling like a fraud. Just feeling like a fraud as an attorney, just feeling like you don’t know what you’re doing which of course,
I am not sure how it got this way. Between you and me. It didn’t need to get to this point, and I want to correct it.
I’m an unhappy attorney who is trying to leave the law for a non law job. I am trying to change my life for the better. Please can you and I start over too?
I have to admit, I have always felt that you didn’t want to be with me. There was always just enough of you in my life … but you never seemed to like being with me. It was as if you were forced to be with me. You didn’t flow to me … you were dragged to me. I wondered why we never had that much fun together.
And you never seemed to want to stay long with me. You have been fleeting and unreliable. It always felt like you were in a hurry to leave me. And so I then worried if you would ever come back.
But now you are an immovable weight to me. Law school debt. Bills to pay. I don’t feel like you support me … rather you have me captured.
There is one very important tool that you currently have at your disposal to leave your legal practice.
It’s a simple tool. You have used it before. It makes the (seemingly) overwhelming takes like Leaving the Law doable.
But you are likely ignoring it. I shot the below video to tell you what this tool is, and how you can access and use it to your best advantage to leave the law.
Let us know how we can help
You can always access our free resources at www.leavelawbehind.com.
Now, after watching the video, do you still not believe that Babysteps will help you leave the law? Let me prove to you that you can do it.
If you’re ready to leave the law, schedule the best Babystep you can take right now, a Strategic Coaching Call with me, Casey Berman. Sign up here: https://leavelawbehind.com/strategic-coaching–consult/.
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