More Support for Your Brilliant Post-Law Career

crossing_the_chasmIn this season of Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for everyone who helps unhappy lawyers find and excel in non-legal careers.  In addition to the practical advice and inspiring stories in Life After Law, there are a number of great resources out there for lawyers considering a big change:

Marc Luber’s JDCareersOutThere offers terrific advice for lawyers exploring and changing careers.  His “JD Refugee” videos, for “people who are applying their legal skills without practicing law,” should be one of the first stops for JDs considering alternative fields.

Chelsea Callanan’s Happy Go Legal is a coaching service that focuses on new lawyers, but applies a holistic approach to help all lawyers find the best-fitting career.  Callanan’s blog and podcasts expand the resources she offers for becoming happier and more successful in whatever you choose to do.

Pace School of Law’s New Directions for Attorneys is a six month career re-entry program for lawyers who have taken time off and want to move either into a legal or an alternative non-legal career.  Graduates absolutely rave about this NY-based program, and the staff is phenomenal.  The next session starts in January 2014, and there is an info session on November 18 in White Plains.

And speaking of career reentry, I can’t recommend iRelaunch highly enough.  Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin have helped thousands of people (including loads of lawyers) relaunch their careers in a wide variety of fields.  They offer ongoing training, run conferences around the world, and their newsletters are unusualy useful.

If you’re looking for holiday gifts for yourself or your favorite unhappy lawyer, may I offer some suggestions in addition to Life After Law?  One is Allison Rimm’s The Joy of Strategy, which helps readers prioritize and manage their lives in a way that maximizes joy.  Rimm is a former VP at Massachusetts General Hospital, a gifted coach and a great writer.  Whitney Johnson’s Dare Dream Do is another great choice for people who are trying to envision something better for themselves, but need help getting unstuck.   Johnson is an influential Harvard Business Review writer and blogger whose practical wisdom and inspirational messages combine beautifully in this book.  And although it’s a classic, I’ll say again that doing the flower diagram in What Color Is Your Parachute? changed my life.  What a thrill to see Life After Law “frequently bought together” with WCIYP on Amazon!

Readers, what other resources helped you with your transition?  Whose help are you grateful for?



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5 responses to “More Support for Your Brilliant Post-Law Career

  1. Hazy

    For me, making a change in my work required that I understand why I chose law school over other options. Seconding the comments above, Love Your Job provided a safe environment that allowed me to understand this impetus and also the kinds of skills, environment and the sort of product in my work that would allow me to be more than simply successful – that would allow me to be happy.

  2. Abby

    I too participated in the ‘Love Your Job’ Career Workshop for Women Lawyers conducted by Suzanne Grossman and Jen Bird, and highly recommend it to any female attorneys out there contemplating a job or career change!

  3. Melanie

    I am grateful for the insight, guidance and support provided to me in specially tailored workshops for lawyers called “(Love Your Job)’s Career Workshop for Women Lawyers” – by Suzanne Grossman and Jennifer Bird ( Please check them out! Not to be missed!

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  5. Erin

    Hi Liz. I am a huge fan of Simplicity and Success by Bruce Elkin. Leaving BigLaw can be tremendously scary, especially since it is virtually imposslble to get back in (in the unlikely event you want to). Bruce’s book helped and continues to help me keep my eye on my version of “the prize” and not my judge success by what others are doing.