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Does Leaving Law Mean Not Earning Enough Money?

Are you unhappy practicing law yet feeling frozen in place? Perhaps you fear that you wouldn’t earn enough money if you were to leave law practice?

Leaving law does not necessarily mean a major loss in income – and a decrease in pay might only be temporary.

I get asked about this topic a lot, so I made a video to help you think it through:

Key takeaways from this video:

1) Most of the time when people tell me they’re concerned they won’t earn enough money if they leave law practice, they have not yet determined what path(s) interest them. Don’t fall into that trap of putting the cart before the horse.

The first steps are to determine what career path(s) fit you and to assess your financial needs and goals. Then you can research whether you would actually earn enough money in the path(s) to meet your needs and goals.

2) Think long term. If a step back in pay is actually necessary, that step back may only be temporary. Your research will determine the reality.

3) Determine your priorities. If doing more fulfilling work would require you to adjust your life (and perhaps your family’s life) to accommodate a temporary step back in pay, is that worth it to you? What if it was a permanent step back in pay? What is most important to you?

Are you someone who believes work is something you suffer through in exchange for a great paycheck? This would be embracing the “live for your nights and weekends” philosophy. Or are you someone seeking meaning in your work, wanting to do something that excites you most of the time?

There’s no right or wrong answer here…and there’s no better or worse way to be. But it does tie in with your priorities, which can help to point you in the right direction.

4) Finally, remember that it’s pretty rare that you’ll find someone who has left law and regrets it – even if they’re making less money.

Money After Leaving Law

If you’d like help determining your priorities, alternative careers that fit you, and how to go about breaking into those careers, my JD Refugee® programs can help you. To learn more about my programs and how I can help you, schedule a complimentary call with me by clicking here.

The topic of money after leaving law comes up often in the interviews I’ve conducted with JDs working in a wide variety of careers. You’ll find segments of those videos of non legal jobs for lawyers throughout this site.

For information and guidance on the leaving law journey, check out this detailed page about alternative careers for lawyers.

You can also find guidance in my video presentation about that journey. You can check it out by clicking the image below:

The presentation will provide you with actionable tips you can start doing right away. Set aside around 45 minutes to watch.

The presentation gives you a taste of what we cover in my JD Refugee® programs. The programs take everything to the next level.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

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