When I quit my job as a corporate lawyer in 2008, I thought that I was taking a one year sabbatical to travel around the world. I never expected that this blog, something I started to keep my family and friends updated about where I was going, would turn into a bigger project, and eventually a new career.
As the site grew, I received more and more emails from lawyers and law students confused about what options existed for them with their background. Some were miserable, some were bored, others were just curious.
I decided to put together a series on alternative careers for lawyers, one that used the same 5 questions for each former attorney to ask them how they saw the world today, and to let them provide advice for readers seeking information a career change. I called it Thrillable Hours, a play on billable hours, which I found hilarious and non-lawyers find baffling.
In addition to the series below, I wrote a piece in 2015 on Redbook about why I quit my job, and what to think about if you are considering doing the same.
Finally, for lawyers looking at alternative careers but staying put for the moment, check out Associate Mind’s long list of online resources for new lawyers, from books to articles and much more.
Resources and Articles
There are also a few other sites around the web that provide resources for lawyers seeking a career change:
- Georgetown Law’s alternative careers page.
- The Canadian Bar Association’s alternative careers page.
- Life After Law’s job board.
- Non-Lawyer Jobs for Lawyers from Santa Clara Law School
- 60 Alternative Jobs to Being a Lawyer from Law Crossing
- The American Bar Association’s advice for tackling an alternative career.
- Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have, by Liz Brown (2013)
- The Unhappy Lawyer: A Roadmap to Finding Meaningful Work Outside of the Law, by Monica Parker (2008)
- The Official Guide to Legal Specialties (Career Guides), by the National Association of Law Placement (2008)
- What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard N. Bolles (2014)
- The Creative Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Authentic Professional Satisfaction Paperback, by Michael F. Melcher (2007)
- The new ‘What Can You Do with a Law Degree?’ book, by Larry Richard (2012)
- Given the rates of addition and depression in the law (see Vice Mag’s anonymous piece here), I wanted to also include Brian Cuban’s The Addicted Lawyer.
I hope this series is helpful! I know I have learned a lot from the interviewees, and look forward to continuing to interview and highlight these smart and interesting people.