As the profession shifts, many lawyers are choosing the “free agent” mind-set—and independently carving out their own career paths with renewed purpose.
Many big firm associates contemplate launching their own firms, only to talk themselves out of it. Last fall, John Snyder left his job at a big New York firm for the uncertain life of the fledgling legal entrepreneur. Here’s how he did it.
Choosing to return to her hometown after working as a big city litigator was a huge decision for Joanne Horton. She tells us about making the transition to “Jill of All Trades” general practitioner, practicing law with her father in rural Ontario.
When real estate executive Greg Hague found himself working more with banks and foreclosures than with real people, he decided to return to his first career choice: law. A year later, the 62-year-old received the top score in the Arizona bar exam and joined one of the country’s top law firms.
In her family law practice, Billie Tarascio found the vast majority of her clients couldn’t afford to pay standard attorney rates: “I found myself in conflict with my clients and unable to collect many past-due accounts.” So she set out to find a better way to provide affordable high-quality services, while increasing revenue.
In this excerpt from her new ABA book Job Quest for Lawyers: The Essential Guide to Finding and Landing the Job You Want, the author provides step-by-step guidance to help you prepare for a job quest.
Lawyers looking to make a career change often want to know what “test” they can take that will tell them what they should do next. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy. But there are some assessment tools that can point you in the right direction.