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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6 Mar

Setting Aside Prestige and Leaving Law for Therapy with Yael Eiserike [TFLP173]

In this episode of the Former Lawyer Podcast, Sarah interviews Yael Eiserike, a former lawyer turned therapist. They talk about the challenges of leaving law for therapy, from deciding to go back to school, why therapy felt like the best fit for Yael, and what advice she has for any current lawyers debating making a big change in their life. …

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27 Feb

Ending a 22 Year Legal Career for a New Career in Counseling with Karen Gulde [TFLP172]

In this episode, Sarah interviews a former lawyer, Karen Gulde. Karen shares her experience ending a 22 year legal career and how she decided to transition into counseling and help drive home the importance of mental health and self-care. Let’s dive into her background, what factors led to her making the career switch, and what advice she has for others…

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20 Feb

5 Tips for Lawyers to Find a Therapist to Help with Stress and Anxiety [TFLP171]

In this episode of The Former Lawyer Podcast, Sarah covers the importance of therapy for lawyers, finding therapists for lawyers, and the five tips to help you find the right person.  There aren’t therapists for lawyers specifically, but there are a few tools you can utilize to help you find someone that works best for you. Sarah has been very…

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13 Feb

Why It’s Critical Lawyers Know Your Job is Not Your Identity with Mike Whelan [TFLP170]

In this episode, Sarah interviews Mike Whelan, the author of Lawyer Forward. They chat about his work helping solo attorneys, breaking out of the task-oriented law world, and moving towards a system that allows people to thrive and succeed. You’ll hear about his experience starting law school in his 30s right as the recession hit and find out how that…

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6 Feb

Embrace Your Passion and Leave Your Legal Career Behind with Cary Simowitz [TFLP169]

This episode features Cary Simowitz. Cary met Sarah by email in the summer of 2020 while he was still working as a lawyer. Before then, he had done a detour and bagged a MFA degree in California, right out of law school. Now, Cary works as the head of legal marketing at a law firm in the Midwest.  His story…

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23 Jan

How the Former Lawyer Collaborative Helped Angelica Pedraza Transition to Nursing [TFLP168]

This episode features Angelica Pedraza, who has eight years of experience working as a commercial real estate lawyer in Biglaw, Midlaw, and a boutique firm. Angelina has been a lawyer for eight years but has decided to leave the field to become a nurse.  Angelina gave notice at her firm in October of last year after joining the Former Lawyer…

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