In this season of Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for everyone who helps unhappy lawyers find and excel in non-legal careers. In addition to the practical advice and inspiring stories in Life After Law, there are a number of great resources out there for lawyers considering a big change:
Marc Luber’s JDCareersOutThere offers terrific advice for lawyers exploring and changing careers. His “JD Refugee” videos, for “people who are applying their legal skills without practicing law,” should be one of the first stops for JDs considering alternative fields.
Chelsea Callanan’s Happy Go Legal is a coaching service that focuses on new lawyers, but applies a holistic approach to help all lawyers find the best-fitting career. Callanan’s blog and podcasts expand the resources she offers for becoming happier and more successful in whatever you choose to do.
Pace School of Law’s New Directions for Attorneys is a six month career re-entry program for lawyers who have taken time off and want to move either into a legal or an alternative non-legal career. Graduates absolutely rave about this NY-based program, and the staff is phenomenal. The next session starts in January 2014, and there is an info session on November 18 in White Plains.
And speaking of career reentry, I can’t recommend iRelaunch highly enough. Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin have helped thousands of people (including loads of lawyers) relaunch their careers in a wide variety of fields. They offer ongoing training, run conferences around the world, and their newsletters are unusualy useful.
If you’re looking for holiday gifts for yourself or your favorite unhappy lawyer, may I offer some suggestions in addition to Life After Law? One is Allison Rimm’s The Joy of Strategy, which helps readers prioritize and manage their lives in a way that maximizes joy. Rimm is a former VP at Massachusetts General Hospital, a gifted coach and a great writer. Whitney Johnson’s Dare Dream Do is another great choice for people who are trying to envision something better for themselves, but need help getting unstuck. Johnson is an influential Harvard Business Review writer and blogger whose practical wisdom and inspirational messages combine beautifully in this book. And although it’s a classic, I’ll say again that doing the flower diagram in What Color Is Your Parachute? changed my life. What a thrill to see Life After Law “frequently bought together” with WCIYP on Amazon!
Readers, what other resources helped you with your transition? Whose help are you grateful for?