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Stressed-Out Lawyers: Ask These Questions Before Quitting Law Practice

If you’re like many of the stressed-out lawyers who come to me for help, you’re feeling stuck in an unfulfilling situation. And that may be putting it lightly!

When frustrations are running high, you might be blinded to the point where it’s hard to tell whether you hate practicing law or you just hate your boss! It can all feel like one big bowl of misery.

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Combine that with the over-thinking mind of a lawyer and the tendency to catastrophize, and you may find yourself concluding that you need to leave law immediately, even when lower-hanging fruit may be able to get you to a happier place.

After all, it’s typically easier to jump to a new workplace or tweak something at your current workplace than it is to change careers.

Ask yourself these questions

To determine whether there may be some lower-hanging fruit you can pick, ask yourself these questions:

How do you feel about the people you report to at work?

Do you feel appreciated in your workplace?

Do you receive any feedback or mentoring?

Would you describe your work environment as a positive one?

How much client interaction do you have? What percentage of those clients are yours? How many were originated by you?

Do you get the opportunity to engage in activities at work that feel meaningful to you?

Is there anyone senior to you at work whose role you would like to grow into some day?

Then ask yourself these questions

Is there anyone in the legal field outside of your workplace with a role you would like to grow into?

Does your work make use of your skills and talents?

Would you describe the work you do as “petty and pointless,” “soul-sucking,” or “too combative?”

Do you feel better about your work when handling matters for clients you originated?

Would you feel differently about your work if you were doing it in a different place or with different people?

Do you find yourself daydreaming about working in a different practice area?

Do you find yourself daydreaming about leaving law entirely?

Be honest with yourself

low-hanging fruitDid you find any low-hanging fruit? Answering these questions honestly can be tough. Sometimes the truth hurts. It can be scary.

However, honest self-reflection is critical to finding professional fulfillment.

You’ll find more questions to help you analyze your current situation when you download my free Career Mirror self-assessment questionnaire.

Analyzing and answering these questions honestly helps you separate issues you may have with your workplace or current job from issues you may have with the career path as a whole.

For some people, developing more of their own clients or opening a solo practice can bring them the happiness they’re missing.

For others, having an honest discussion with the people they report to can bring the change they need.

Others might be happy doing the same work someplace else, in an environment that better fits them.

And finally, there are those who are just simply over it and can no longer see themselves spending their days doing this type of work. In fact, you may have felt this way for a long time, but have been dragging your feet when it comes to doing something about it.

It’s time to determine what would fit you so you can feel energized again and stop being one of the many stressed-out lawyers.

Check out my detailed page on alternative careers for lawyers for more information on this topic.

You’ll also find videos of non legal jobs for lawyers throughout this site. These videos feature interviews I’ve conducted with JDs working in a wide variety of career paths.

If you’re looking for help with any of the above, I can help you move forward via one-to-one counseling.

I’ll work with you to determine whether you have any lower-hanging fruit available than quitting law practice. Perhaps we’ll find you could achieve the situation you’re seeking without a massive change. We may find that an alternative career would make a better fit for you.

To learn more about how I can help you, schedule a complimentary call with me by clicking here.

I look forward to helping you.

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Thinking of leaving the law? The best first step you can take is a good look in the mirror. START HERE:

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