Many lawyers are feeling dissatisfaction with their work and their careers. Many young lawyers enter the field unaware that it can be stressful and even demoralizing. Litigation is full of high-stakes battles, and many young lawyers are disillusioned by the lack of social value in the work they do for corporate clients. It is therefore no surprise that many legal counselors choose to leave law offices, but what can be done to address this issue?
The first step in transitioning is to figure out concrete strategies for breaking into a new field. Marketing and networking skills aren’t taught in law school. Instead, attorneys must reframe their strengths to appeal to non-legal employers. Wolkstein assigns homework to her clients to get them started, such as writing a list of networking contacts, emailing alumni at universities, and attending industry events.
A dissatisfied lawyer may begin to question whether they made the right decision when they went to law school. Many former attorneys do not regret their decision to change careers, and the majority wish they had done so sooner. Lawyers have a wide range of skills that transfer easily to their new careers, such as attention to detail, critical thinking, and strategic planning. Their analytical and writing skills will always be required.