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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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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.

    What It's Like Inside The Collaborative During A Guided Track

    What It's Like Inside The Collaborative During A Guided Track

    Are you ready to find a new job after leaving the law? Do you want to find the right post-legal career for you? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
    Here at Former Lawyer, I work with lawyers to help find the best path after leaving their soul-sucking careers. Today, I’m going to talk about the upcoming Guided Track through the Former Lawyer Framework.
    We’ll also talk about how it relates to the Collaborative and how it works with lawyers like you in finding a new job after leaving the law. Keep reading to learn more about how the upcoming Guided Track can help you!
    See show notes at formerlawyer.com/121

    • 13 min
    What Burned Out Lawyers Need to Know

    What Burned Out Lawyers Need to Know

    On the latest episode of the Former Lawyer podcast, I talked about The Eight Signs of a Toxic Legal Workplace. For this episode, I am going to pull heavily from a great piece by Ilona Salmons, who is a therapist that specializes in working with lawyers.

    You may have noticed that toxic workplaces often come up a lot on the podcast. The reason that I think this topic is important to talk about is that toxic workplaces are the number one contributor to burnout. 

    As you’re reading, I want you to think about whether or not this is true for your work environment, and to think about why seeing these signs matters. Keep reading to learn the 8 signs of a toxic workplace and what you can do to avoid burnout. 

    See show notes at formerlawyer.com/120

    • 12 min
    The Pernicious Cycle That’s Trapping You In Your Job As A Lawyer

    The Pernicious Cycle That’s Trapping You In Your Job As A Lawyer

    This week, I want to talk to you about the pernicious cycle that is trapping you in your lawyer job. Obviously, this doesn't apply to everyone but if you are someone who's feeling trapped in your job as a lawyer, then I'm going to guess that this cycle is part of why.

    By far, when my clients come to me to work with me, this is one of the things that they talk about the most as what ultimately pushed them to find some support and accountability around their process of figuring out what they want to do that isn't practicing law.

    This is something that I experienced 100% when I was practicing law as well. It comes up all of the time. So, read on to learn what this cycle really looks like and how you can break it to finally get out of your soul-sucking job as a lawyer. 

    See show notes at formerlawyer.com/119.

    • 9 min
    How You Can Leave The Law This Year

    How You Can Leave The Law This Year

    Welcome to the very first episode of The Former Lawyer Podcast that's releasing in 2022. Today, I want to talk to you about a question that I'm sure many of you have, which is, “How can I leave the law this year?”

    It's interesting because when I speak with non-lawyers about the work that I do, this question might seem a little bit odd to them. In their eyes, the solution is to just leave and get out of there.

    But if you're a lawyer, it can be much more complicated than that. Keep reading to learn how you can leave the law this year.
    See show notes at formerlawyer.com/118

    • 9 min
    Biglaw Associate Burnout (What I'm Seeing In 2021 & Why It Matters)

    Biglaw Associate Burnout (What I'm Seeing In 2021 & Why It Matters)

    Today, I’ll be talking about the issue of Biglaw associate burnout. I cannot tell you the number of people who I have heard from in the last year who are months into a career in the Biglaw system, and they are just like, “I can't do this anymore. This is inhumane.”
    Earlier this summer, I shared a video about Biglaw Associate Burnout. This idea that Biglaw firms acting like they couldn't possibly have anticipated the way that their associates are feeling couldn’t be further from the truth. They know exactly what they’re doing.
    See show notes at formerlawyer.com/117

    • 12 min
    Stop Telling Lawyers That Their Thoughts Cause Their Feelings | When Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Lawyers Is Abused

    Stop Telling Lawyers That Their Thoughts Cause Their Feelings | When Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Lawyers Is Abused

    Today, we’re going to be talking about a topic I feel very strongly about. It’s also something that I’ve been seeing more and more in the legal profession. There is a school of thought that your thoughts cause your feelings. This idea is derived from a well-established and evidence-based type of therapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy.
    As you know, I frequently advocate for people in the legal profession to go to therapy. But, in this article, you’ll learn about the reality of CBT for lawyers and how it can be more harmful than helpful.
    See Show notes at formerlawyer.com/116

    • 12 min

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This podcast is fantastic! Sarah approaches what can be a delicate and difficult topic for many of us in such an elegant way. The discussions she has are thought provoking a bit intimidating, and wonderful all in one. And some episodes are just plain therapeutic. Thank you Sarah for creating a space for people to be authentic and share their stories with all of us!

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