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“I Hate Being A Lawyer” – Your Guide To Leaving Law

I hate being a lawyer

Hate being a lawyer? Don’t worry – you are not alone! Tons of law grads leave the law and find career fulfillment in alternative careers for lawyers.

Perhaps you don’t hate being a lawyer, but you know you’re not happy and you want to explore what else you can do with your law degree.

Either way, it’s important to remember that you CAN get yourself on to a fulfilling career path. How?

Start here by downloading my free self-assessment tool and getting career guidance by email. This tool will help you start taking an essential look in the mirror to give you some direction. Click here to get it:

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JDCOT’s 3-Step Path to Career Fulfillment

To go from “I hate being a lawyer” to a sense of career fulfillment, there are 3 major steps to follow (don’t miss the links with more information on each step):

The Career Mirror Self-Assessment

This step is critical – and too often skipped! Finding a fulfilling career requires doing some serious self-reflection.

My free self-assessment tool, The Career Mirror: Reflection Questions For Your Job Search, will help you start taking that much-needed look in the mirror. You can get it sent to your inbox today by clicking the link above.

If you hate being a lawyer, there’s a good chance you didn’t explore the realities of law practice or measure yourself up to those realities before deciding to go to law school or begin practicing.

You’ll want to measure yourself up to whatever alternative paths you consider now so you can be sure the next path you choose actually fits you.

The first step to doing that is to take a good look in the mirror. That’s where The Career Mirror comes in.

In The Career Mirror, you’ll first assess your current work situation by looking at whether your dissatisfaction might stem from your current boss or place of employment, as opposed to the actual work of being a lawyer.

Then you’ll dig deeper to look at what you have to offer and what you’re looking for in future work opportunities. Remember to stay focused on what you really want – not what your friends, family, or coworkers expect of you.

My JD Refugee® course builds on The Career Mirror, helping you do a self-analysis deep-dive so you can find a fulfilling career that fits you. It will also help you communicate effectively about yourself with hiring managers. Plus you’ll get personalized guidance from me. I’ll tell you more about the class later.


After doing some thorough self-analysis, it’s time to explore careers.

By exploring careers after you’ve taken a good look in the mirror, you’ll be armed with data points about yourself that enable you to connect the dots from each career path to what you’re looking for and what you have to offer. This is what helps you prevent your nightmare scenario of leaving law for yet another path that doesn’t fit.

Rather than just pointing you to Google and LinkedIn for career path research, I created the JDCOT Career Video Library. (JDCOT stands for JD Careers Out There and is pronounced /JAY-dee-see-oh-tea/).

The Career Video Library helps you explore the wide variety of careers you can do with a law degree. You’ll find a variety of interviews with people from the legal community who work in alternative careers for lawyers.

There’s no reason to hate being a lawyer when you can transfer your skills, interests and talents to a career that truly fits you!

I share more about exploring what you can do with a law degree and the Career Video Library on our page on law graduate jobs:

Explore Law Graduated Jobs

Once you determine what career(s) make a better fit for you, then you’re ready to take the leap, leave law and land the job you want.

To do that requires networking and communicating effectively about yourself so that hiring managers understand what you have to offer and why you would be a good fit for their needs.

I share more on this topic on our page about how to land non-legal jobs for lawyers:

How To Land Non-Legal Jobs For Lawyers



The good news is that you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been helping lawyers with their careers since 2003, when I first became a legal recruiter.

The countless unhappy lawyers I encountered as a recruiter led me to create JDCOT and the JD Refugee® class to help lawyers find career fulfillment.

The guidance I share not only helped me find two alternative careers using my law degree, but it’s also helped the people who have taken my online programs, as well as the lawyers I’ve interviewed on video who are now working in a wide variety of careers. You’ll virtually meet them as you poke around this website.

If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact me.

In the meantime, if you hate being a lawyer or are just thinking about making a change, I highly recommend checking out my webinar on “How to Transition from Law to Fulfilling Alternative Careers.”

You’ll find the presentation to be full of helpful, actionable tips – plus you’ll learn all about the JD Refugee® class, which guides you step-by-step through the leaving law process.

The JD Refugee class helps you take a big look in the mirror to determine what paths fit you and what you have to offer. It then helps you network and communicate about yourself effectively so you can break into a fulfilling career.

Even if you choose not to register for the course, you’ll still get a lot of value out of the webinar.

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“How to Transition from Law”   Webinar