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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23 Sep

007 Stacy Mikulik

On today’s show, Sarah talks with Stacy Mikulik. Stacy is a former lawyer who is now a jewelry designer and the owner of grace + hudson jewelry.  In this conversation, Stacy shares: The danger of paying too much attention to what other people are saying about your career without listening to yourself as well; Why law school was a bad…

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16 Sep

Leaving The Law For Coaching as an Ontological Coach with Matt Maxwell [TFLP006]

This week, we’re sharing Sarah’s conversation with former lawyer and founder of Hearthstone Coaching and Consulting, Matt Maxwell.  Matt and Sarah attended law school together and graduated in 2008. Matt has a lot of wisdom to share from his experience working in law and leaving the law for a career in coaching as an ontological coach.  In this blog, you’ll…

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9 Sep

005 Heidi Mueller

On today’s show, Sarah talks with Heidi Mueller. Heidi is a former lawyer who is now the Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.  In this conversation, Heidi shares about: Why she had an inkling that she might want to leave law firm life even before she started; How she struggled with guilt over the fact that she didn’t…

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3 Sep

Flying Out The Gates Of A Legal Job For Horse Race Writing With Nicolle Neulist [TFLP004]

Recently Sarah sat down with Nicolle Neulist, who worked in the law before becoming a computer programmer turned horse racing writer.  Nicolle practiced law for about a year before being laid off. But surprisingly, this was a great moment. That moment opened many doors for Nicolle to put her legal job in the past.  While her post-legal journey was a…

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26 Aug

Putting Priorities First To Discover A Career Outside Of The Legal World with Alexis Michaud [TFLP003]

Alexis Michaud left the legal world after practicing for 18 years and is now building a real estate business. She made a few stops along the way to real estate, working in multiple combinations of legal and tech roles, before ultimately choosing her priorities first so that she could find a career that fit her life in a much better…

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19 Aug

Quitting the Law to Practice Medicine with Maria Phillis [TFLP 002]

Welcome back to the Former Lawyer Blog, where we share inspirational stories about Former Lawyers and their journeys in leaving the law to find careers they love.  This week, I’m super excited to share my conversation with Maria Phillis about quitting the law to practice medicine. Fun fact: Maria and I went to law school together, and graduated back in…

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