I'm here to get you unstuck, help you determine work you would find fulfilling, and give you the tools to get hired using your law degree.
Since 2003, I’ve been helping lawyers with their careers: first as a legal recruiter and then as founder of JD Careers Out There and my JD Refugee® coaching programs. I too am a lawyer, and I've used my law degree in alternative ways.
After concluding that practicing law wasn’t for me during a summer associate job, I navigated my way through skeptical and confused non-legal employers who threw words at me like "overqualified" and "underqualified." Ultimately, I got to work in the music industry and use my JD without practicing law.
Years later when the music industry changed, I struggled with how to reinvent myself and continue to make use of my degree. I figured it out thanks to the help of a career coach, my previous alternative career searches, and exploring a couple paths that fit me. I chose to become a legal recruiter ("headhunter," "search consultant").
As a legal recruiter, I found far too many practicing lawyers to be miserable. Some knew since day one that they were stuck in a career that didn't fit. Others liked law at first, but eventually got worn down and wanted out. I knew how to help them and wanted to start doing that. So that's what I did.
I look forward to helping you move forward!
You'll find yourself in a judgement-free zone where you can speak openly, and in confidence, with someone who "gets" you. Together, we'll map out an action plan for the road ahead.
Here's what others are saying about working with me:
Transitioned D.C. Attorney
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-Melissa in California
JD, Class of 2014