Do you hate working as a lawyer?

Do you hate working as a lawyer? Are you an unhappy lawyer who wants to leave the law, but isn’t sure what to do next? Do your family and friends think you’re crazy for wanting to leave the law, or are you too afraid to tell them you don’t want to be a lawyer? The Former Lawyer Podcast is for you! Each week, host Sarah Cottrell interviews a different former lawyer who has left the law behind. Hear inspiring stories about how these former lawyers are thriving and found their way to careers and lives they love.

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18 Oct

Authority Without Responsibility: The Toxic Work Environment Of Biglaw Firms [TFLP 112]

It’s time to talk about a part of Biglaw that truly exemplifies what is so problematic with the structure of the legal system and how it creates the toxic work environment of Biglaw firms. Speaking from my own experience, one of the most maddening things about a Biglaw work environment and being a Biglaw associate is that no one is…

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11 Oct

Making The Move To A Non-Legal Career With Nhu-Y Le [TFLP 111]

On the latest episode of the Former Lawyer Podcast, I spoke with Nhu-Y Le, Vice President of Client Services at Legalpad. Legalpad is a business immigration company that helps startups immigrate their founders and other talent to the United States about her move to a non-legal career. Before her present non-legal career, she was laser-focused on becoming a practicing lawyer….

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4 Oct

The Cost Of Career Coaching For Lawyers with Annie Little [TFLP 110]

Annie Little is an ICF-certified career coach and a former lawyer. Her company is called JD Nation, which was founded in 2012. In 2013, Annie left her position in real estate finance. Since then, she’s been offering career coaching for lawyers, helping former lawyers land and succeed in their ideal jobs. On the latest episode of the Former Lawyer Podcast,…

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27 Sep

Gaslighting In The Legal Profession: Are Former Lawyers Just Bitter? [TFLP 109]

Recently, I was sent an article from one of the listeners of the Former Lawyer Podcast. This article, entitled Why Former Lawyers Are Bitter Sometimes, seems to be premised on two flawed assumptions.  The first, that former lawyers who are vocal about their negative experiences in a legal profession are doing so because they’re bitter. The other one is that…

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20 Sep

Creating A Better Workplace Culture For Working Parents With Debi Yadegari [TFLP 108]

Debi Yadegari is a former lawyer who worked in biglaw and in-house law. These days, she runs Villyge, a company that helps organizations support working parents. This company came out of her own experience of observing the workplace culture and lack of support for working parents in biglaw and in-house law firms.  She saw how working parents, or any human…

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