Leaving the Law
Person with lipstick and nail polish in polo shirt and cardigan holding pint of beer and looking upset and angry

All Former Lawyers Are Bitter!

What right do we former lawyers have to be bitter and unhappy? I mean, when at least half of attorneys surveyed say they would not choose law again, obviously nothing is wrong with the structure and culture of the profession. It’s—‘DOH!— our bad personal choice to go to law school that is to blame.

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.