How to Know When You Should Quit the Practice of Law: Why So Many Lawyers Quit the Legal Profession

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Summary: The difficulty of practicing law, such as the long hours and contentious personalities, is not for everyone. And if you quit, there’s little chance to get back into the profession. Choose quitting wisely.
How to Know When You Should Quit the Practice of Law: Why So Many Lawyers Quit the Legal Profession
  • Quitting law is no easy feat: You need to carefully consider what you are giving away when giving up law.
  • At the same time, you should figure out if your new endeavors will provide you the satisfaction that law did not.
You’ve spent over $100,000 and three years of your life getting a law degree. You’ve passed the bar. You work at a law firm and handle big cases. You drive the fancy car and have a nice apartment. And yet… you’re unhappy.
So now what?
For many, becoming a lawyer is a lifetime dream. That dream is either imposed upon them by themselves or their families or friends, but whoever wanted them to enter law has foreseen a future of prestige and high pay. While the law may provide that for most, it can still leave many feeling as if something is missing. That feeling of dissatisfaction in our jobs should not be ignored, but should we actually quit a position that has required so much of an investment in our money, energy, and time?
If you are at a spot where you are questioning quitting your job as an attorney, know that you are not alone. Studies have shown that at least 70% of all attorneys have questioned at one point whether or not the career was right for them. But while some stay and some go, the decision is entirely up to you. But before you make a choice on your career, let’s evaluate why you are unhappy and the possible solutions you can employ your initial spirit to practice law.

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