Leaving the Law

Should You Go To Law School?

People think there are so many reasons they should go to law school that do not include “I want to practice law.” It’s ridiculous, really. There’s a bizarre mythology that having a law degree is a magic key to the job kingdom, but it’s not so.

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, the Indigo Girls, in black/white photo playing guitars in front of industrial structure

All They’ve Sown Was a Song: A Pandemic Soundtrack for Unhappy Lawyers

When no one knows how anything will turn out, you can feel freer to follow your inner wisdom without a cloud of guilt and doubt hanging over you. Your inner wisdom has always been more likely to be the right answer for you; now more than ever, you can free yourself from justifying the dreams borne of that inner wisdom.
Connect with whatever inspires you–the Indigo Girls, or something else altogether—and use that to dream big, and act big.

Is the Pandemic Triggering Your Lawyer Perfectionism?

I’ll bet a wad of cash that you’re experiencing perfection expectations from either yourself, or your bosses. Likely both. Lawyers do love to pretend they can power through anything, and we have the depression, substance abuse, and suicide rates to prove it.
Instead, do your best to accept that you are living through a major, historic crisis, and that however it resolves, some things will never be the same.

5 Simple Ways to Ratchet Down Lawyer Anxiety—But You Won’t Like Them

World and national events. have heightened our anxiety, for sure. But the bigger problem may be that our work tools dictate a frenzied mental pace–one that far outstrips our actual ability to deal with that pace. All those little islands of downtime that we used to have–waiting rooms, lines, the commute–are now filled with chatter and productivity. Without downtime, our brains get stressed, and we get anxious.