What career advice would you give to an unhappy big law firm associate who wants to change fields?

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We asked attorneys and other legal professionals in the United States what career advice would they give to an unhappy big law firm associate who wants to change fields. The experts provided useful tips and advice for law firm associates who want to change fields. We hope you find their recommendations helpful.

My advice is that the associate should first figure out who he or she is:

What is important?
What are your values?
Why did you become a lawyer in the first place?
What landed you where you are and what can you learn from that, to avoid the same mistake.

Do you want to leave because the Big Law life is not a match for your life or are you just in the wrong law firm?
Does your heart yearn for justice or to do research?

So often, young lawyers accept the first job that comes along without doing the self-assessment and inquiry into what will really work with their goals, interests, values and life plan. They fall into the Big Law life because they haven't explored the myriad of other options that could be available.

-J. Kim Wright, J.D.

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