Leaving the Law

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Career Transition Coaching

Jennifer Alvey, JD, Coaching–Career Transition and Work/Life Balance

Are you unhappy, even miserable in your work? Do you long for something that feeds your soul as well as your bank account? You can find that work. It really does exist. I can help.

Who am I? Hi, I’m Jennifer Alvey, and I’m a recovering lawyer.

I’m a graduate of Duke Law School. I left practice at Biglaw as a mid-level associate in 1999, after finally realizing that the problem wasn’t a specific firm, but what I was doing with my life. The lawyer life and work did not fit who I was, and it never would.

Since then, I’ve found out the amazing, positive difference it makes to have work in your life that matches your uniqueness. You can, too.

My job is to help you get moving and keep moving in the direction that is genuinely yours. In other words, to get you unstuck. That’s what coaching is about—creating forward motion toward your goals, dreams and aspirations.

What are some of your wildest, biggest dreams? I’d love to hear about them and help you reach them.

If you’re interested in hearing more, drop me a line at jalvey@jenniferalvey.com.

12 thoughts on “Career Transition Coaching

  1. Are you real? I’m having a hard believing you are not a figment of my desperately self-serving imagination…so many of your insights and experiences resonate on such a profound level. I have always been drawn to coaches in principle, only to be repelled by the realization that they don’t get it. Coming from the honed, perfectinist, intellectual environment of law, much of which is quite appealing, I have never previously seen such lazer sharp insights as yours into the real problems with the practice and system of law. I am so impressed with you and what you are doing. I am working up the courage to work with you. I am afraid where it may lead, though.

  2. I just stumbled upon this site. You are the answer to my prayers! I’m sure the Universe has manifested you…. Every article I’ve read so far just NAILS everything I’m thinking and feeling. Keep doing what you’re doing!! You have no idea how many people you are helping 🙂

  3. How can I get help from you to transition out of law? Please help me. I am at the point of desperation and even paying for therapist to deal with the misery of my career choice (law).

  4. Great website, Jennifer. Your posts are thoughtful, truthful and inspiring, and I will be sharing some of these ideas with my clients – I’m a recovering lawyer now a practicing clinical psychologist.

  5. Although I’m not thinking of “leaving law” (yes I know what website I’m on) I’m always seeking inspiration for ways to provide balance in my hectic work-week. Any words or wisdom or advice on hobbies, balance, time management, etc for those of us that still want to practice law — but practice less?

  6. One key is to set boundaries, ruthlessly. Some firms will punish you, sometimes to the point of firing you, for doing that. So find a place that allows you to set some boundaries (no, I’m not going to work on Christmas because you’re anxious about a deal set to close in late February).

    Also, schedule your hobbies and interests in, at least an hour weekly. For writers, that means writing *before* you go to work or look at email. For activities, that means committing to doing your thing come hell or high water. Treat is like you would a doctor appointment that you had to wait 4 months to get. Don’t cancel just because you feel like you have too much work. Make your sanity a priority. You work will be better and more efficient for it.

  7. I actually left law to go into coaching. What a scary jump! But your site is inspiring me to trust the leap. I love the humor and authenticity. Great job!

  8. Awesome work you’re doing. I left almost 4 years ago, and my life is so different today. Those who are feeling despair should keep exploring, reading posts, and meditating not where they would fit perfect next (no, not in-house counsel), but rather where they can get a good start first, then toward being great at what they do. This was a big hang up of mine.

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