Lawyers Seeking a Career Change: What Can You Do with a Law Degree?

Many lawyers contact me feeling exhausted and stressed.  They don’t know whether to look for a new job, go part-time, leave the law altogether, or take a sabbatical.

I often have them start with Deborah Arron’s What Can You Do With a Law Degree?  A Lawyer’s Guide to Career Alternatives Inside and Outside the Law. It’s a good way to begin looking into career change solutions.Although sections of the book are pretty general, it is a good resource for delving into career alternatives.  Many of my clients have found its exercises helpful, like the steps set forth for identifying ideal jobs and analyzing transferable skills. One helpful appendix lists dozens and dozens of alternate careers, which can stimulate ideas about alternate job paths.

As a lawyer coach, I have seen far too many attorneys with no appreciable grasp on their finances–or the finances of their law practice.  The money just comes in and goes out, and far too many lawyers don’t keep track of their billables, accounts receivable, or spending. For this reason, the chapter discussing lawyers’ finances is very timely–especially because lawyers wanting to change jobs need to have a good handle on what income they really need to earn.

The book lists some helpful links to websites with career advice, jobs postings, salary information and the like.  Because the 5th edition was published in 2004, there are some new career siyes not listed; nonetheless, the book mentions many helpful websites.

International lawyers–note that there is nothing in this book tailored to an international career  However, if you are thinking of switching to a domestic practice, or if you want general career change guidance, the book remains useful.

The book is a helpful launching point for lawyers thinking about a career change.

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