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Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have

Book Description

Written by Harvard-trained, ex-law firm partner Liz Brown, Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have provides specific, realistic, and honest advice on alternative careers for lawyers. Unlike generic career guides, Life After Law shows lawyers how to reframe their legal experience to their competitive advantage, no matter how long they have been in or out of practice, to find work they truly love. Brown herself moved from a high-powered partnership into an alternative career and draws from this experience, as well as that of dozens of former practicing attorneys, in the book. She acknowledges that changing careers is hard–much harder than it was for most lawyers to get their first legal job after law school–but it can ultimately be more fulfilling for many than a life in law.Life After Law offers an alternative framework and valuable analytic tools for potential careers to help launch lawyers into new fields and make them attractive hires for non-legal employers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Praise for Success in Africa and Jonathan Berman
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Foreword by Robert E. Rubin
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Introduction
  10. PART I The Depression Profession
    1. 1 Why Are So Many Lawyers Unhappy?
    2. 2 The Bonds of Money, Status, and Purpose
    3. 3 Challenges and Alternatives for Women Lawyers
  11. PART II Repurposing Your Law Career
    1. 4 Reframing Your Preferred Skills
    2. 5 Where to Start When You Have No Idea Where to Start
    3. 6 How to Stop Worrying and Love the Informational Interview
    4. 7 Advocating for Your Next Career
  12. PART III The Role Models: Eight Basic Paths to Career Happiness for Former Lawyers
    1. 8 The Writers
      1. Adam Liptak, New York Times Correspondent
      2. Kat Griffin, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Corporette.com
      3. Elie Mystal, Editor, AbovetheLaw.com
      4. Stephanie Rowe, Fantasy and Romance Novelist
      5. Nathaniel Stearns, Art Advisor
    2. 9 The Entrepreneurs
      1. Peter Dziedzic, Proprietor of skoah Boston
      2. Valerie Beck, Founder of Chicago Chocolate Walking Tours
      3. Christina Whelton, Founder of Place Boston
      4. Mary-Alice Brady, Founder of MosaicHub
    3. 10 The Artisans
      1. Karina Gentinetta, Designer and Artist
      2. Zoe Mohler, Proprietor of Three Sisters Jewelry Design
      3. Warren Brown, Proprietor of CakeLove
    4. 11 The Analysts
      1. Meredith Benedict, Health Care Strategist
      2. Sara Harnish, Non-Clinical Research Director
      3. Alison P. Ranney, Senior Recruiter
      4. Christopher Mirabile, Angel Group Leader
    5. 12 The Professors
      1. Liz Gorman, Sociology Professor
      2. Deb Volberg Pagnotta, Communications Professor
      3. Katrina Lee, Clinical Law Professor
    6. 13 The Consultants
      1. Greg Stone, Media Consultant
      2. Susannah Baruch, Policy Consultant
      3. Lisa Montanaro, Productivity Consultant
    7. 14 The Advocates
      1. Eleanor Hoague, Immigrants’ Rights Advocate
      2. Deborah Felton, Executive Director of Senior Residence
      3. Jen Atkins, Nurse
    8. 15 The Healers
      1. Liz Mirabile, Health Coach
      2. Clare Dalton, Acupuncturist
      3. Van Lanckton, Rabbi
      4. Will Meyerhofer, Psychotherapist
    9. 16 The Independent
      1. Alan Rilla, Island Caretaker
  13. Endnotes
  14. References