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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! Law practice isn’t for everyone. Many 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. You can send me your completed assessment and I’ll hop on a complimentary, confidential call with you to discuss your situation. You’ll find a link to my calendar in the document. Click here to get it:

Click Here to Get Your Free Self-Assessment

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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 by clicking the link above. Once you complete it, you can schedule a call with me using the link in the document.

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® coaching programs build on The Career Mirror, helping you do a self-reflection deep-dive so you can find work that aligns with your self and, in turn, find career fulfillment. My programs also help you get meetings and communicate effectively about yourself with hiring managers. Plus, I provide you with step-by-step guidance. I’ll tell you more about my programs later.


After doing some thorough self-reflection, 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.

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 my JD Refugee® private and group coaching programs 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 programs.

Helpful guidance is also shared by 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 downloading my free self-assessment, The Career Mirror.

Answering the assessment questions is an easy way to take a step back, get your head in the right place and start figuring things out.

You can discuss your personal situation with me by phone when you email me your completed Career Mirror. You’ll find a link to my calendar in the document. The call is both complimentary and confidential.

Click here to download the self-assessment:

Click Here to Get Your Free Self-Assessment

*GMAIL users: Make sure my email comes to your Primary inbox rather than the Gmail Promotions tab.
**JDCOT members: You’ll find The Career Mirror on your dashboard when you’re logged in.