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

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REFRAMING YOUR PREFERRED SKILLS

Let’s face it: you could probably succeed at a number of other jobs. As a lawyer, how do you choose an alternative career? I struggled with this question for nearly two years after leaving my law firm. I hadn’t done much productive thinking about what to do next before I left. I had spent long Saturday afternoons reading career books in cafés, but by Monday my plans would be no clearer.

The turning point came when I started to think in detail about what I had liked and disliked about my work throughout my career. With help from Richard Bolles’s What Color Is Your Parachute?, I realized that the parts of my law career I had liked best could point me toward my next career. Skimming the book had done little for ...

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