When I decided to go to law school, I didn’t particularly want to practice law. I wanted to work on Capitol Hill, or at least a state legislature. Law, everyone said, gives you lots of options. If I didn’t like law, I could just use my JD in some other fascinating way. That was the implication, anyway.
Problem was, “everyone” forgot to tell me how insanely hard it would be to switch to one of those scintillating options, once you were up to your hairline in debt. Worse, they forgot to tell me how practicing law would pummel your sense of self-worth hourly, until you became convinced you were all but unemployable anywhere else except your current job.
I wish that my experiences were an aberration, that every other unhappy lawyer was only unhappy because their thrilling, exciting job as a lawyer took a few too many hours a week than they might prefer. If that is really and truly your only problem with practicing law, this blog won’t offer you much, except possibly some insight into the misery of 40 % of your colleagues.
If you are part of that 40%, this blog is for you. Here, you’ll find validation, comfort, and practical tips for figuring out your unique path out of a miserable professional life into one that fits you better and better every year.
Jennifer Alvey is a recovering lawyer who coaches unhappy attorneys on getting what they truly want out of work and life. She offers discounted sample sessions so you can try out coaching and experience its unique power. Email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule yours today.