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

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WHY ARE SO MANY LAWYERS UNHAPPY?

One reason so many lawyers are unhappy is that it is easy to go to law school for the wrong reasons. Getting a J.D. is so expensive, and the law profession so insular, that walking away when they realize that law practice is not (or no longer) right for them can feel like an impossibility. Another reason for lawyers’ dissatisfaction is that the legal profession has changed. It is more intensely competitive and less stable than ever before.

BECOMING LAWYERS BY DEFAULT

Much of the problem lies in the way people become lawyers in the first place. Young people who like to argue and/or write may choose law school without really knowing what lawyers do, how they do it, or whether their personalities and interests ...

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