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Do you hate working as a lawyer? Are you an unhappy lawyer who wants to leave the law, but isn't sure what to do next? Do your family and friends think you're crazy for wanting to leave the law, or are you too afraid to tell them you don't want to be a lawyer? The Former Lawyer Podcast is for you! Each week, host Sarah Cottrell interviews a different former lawyer who has left the law behind. Hear inspiring stories about how these former lawyers are thriving and found their way to careers and lives they love.

The Former Lawyer Podcast Sarah Cottrell

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    • 5.0, 18 Ratings

Do you hate working as a lawyer? Are you an unhappy lawyer who wants to leave the law, but isn't sure what to do next? Do your family and friends think you're crazy for wanting to leave the law, or are you too afraid to tell them you don't want to be a lawyer? The Former Lawyer Podcast is for you! Each week, host Sarah Cottrell interviews a different former lawyer who has left the law behind. Hear inspiring stories about how these former lawyers are thriving and found their way to careers and lives they love.

    Don't Wait Until You Feel Ready

    Don't Wait Until You Feel Ready

    This week I'm reflecting on the one-year anniversary of the podcast!

    The #1 thing that I have learned in this last year is: don't wait until you feel ready. I knew virtually nothing about podcasting when I started. I know a lot more now, but I'm not sure that even now I would say that I "feel ready" (whatever that means!).

    Today I'm sharing why I don't think you should wait until you're "ready" in order to take steps towards what you want.

    Show notes at formerlawyer.com/052.

    • 9 min
    Annie Little: Lawyering (and Leaving Law) as an Anxious Extrovert

    Annie Little: Lawyering (and Leaving Law) as an Anxious Extrovert

    We know that the mental health stats regarding lawyers are grim, but what is it really like to experience anxiety and panic as a lawyer? In this conversation (the first of two parts), Annie Little and I take a deep dive into our own experiences with generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Annie has worked as a lawyer career coach for the last 7 years, and before that, practiced commercial lending and real estate law for 7 years.

    Show notes at formerlawyer.com/051.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Andrea Yang: Litigator Turned Law School Career Counselor and Coach

    Andrea Yang: Litigator Turned Law School Career Counselor and Coach

    Is quitting law without another job lined up a bad idea? When you're super miserable as a lawyer, you often find yourself wondering: can I just quit? My guest on today's podcast, Andrea Yang, did just that. After seven years as a lawyer, she quit her job and moved back in with her parents with no idea what she would do next. Hear how she found her way into and out of law.

    Show notes at formerlawyer.com/050.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Mary Eberle: From Law Firm Partner to DNA Hunter

    Mary Eberle: From Law Firm Partner to DNA Hunter

    Law is my second career—can I still leave? A lot of lawyers ask themselves this question. In this episode, Mary Eberle shares all about how she left the law, even though it was her second career, and even though she had been made a shareholder at her law firm! Hear how Mary found her way to her current career as a genetic genealogist and her advice to anyone who feels stuck in an unfulfilling legal career.

    Full show notes and all the links at formerlawyer.com/049.

    • 57 min
    Lauren Bernadett: From Law Firm to Conservation Non-Profit and Beyond, Part 2

    Lauren Bernadett: From Law Firm to Conservation Non-Profit and Beyond, Part 2

    In the second half of our conversation, Lauren Bernadett shares about the challenges she faced leaving her high-paying law firm job as a single person, trying to figure out what was next when she didn't have a "dream job" in mind, why what she's gained from leaving the law far outweighs what she's lost, and what she learned from listening to this podcast!

    Show notes at formerlawyer.com/048.

    • 44 min
    Lauren Bernadett: From Law Firm To Conservation Non-Profit & Beyond, Part 1

    Lauren Bernadett: From Law Firm To Conservation Non-Profit & Beyond, Part 1

    Lauren Bernadett spent a lot of time negotiating a full-ride scholarship to law school so that she wouldn't find herself trapped in a firm job that she hated. Five years in, she realized that despite her careful planning, she was still at a firm and felt stuck. In the first half of our conversation, hear how Lauren ended up in law school, how she figured out how to go debt free, and the moment that she realized that, despite her best efforts, she still felt stuck. Show notes at formerlawyer.com/047.

    • 44 min

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This podcast was so helpful to broadening my perspective outside of my law firm world and helped me see the possibilities outside of private practice. I now happily do policy work and still listen to this podcast to hear the uplifting stories of others with exit journeys from all walks of life. If you’re unhappy as a lawyer, give this podcast a listen. I bet you’ll find inspiration, I know I do!

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