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.
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
- 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)
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.