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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3 Feb

Battling Depression To Become Legally Bold with Toya Gavin [TFLP026]

This week, I’m talking about my conversation with Toya Gavin. Toya practiced law for over 10 years, eventually opening her own practice before finding herself battling depression and ultimately leaving the legal field.  Now, she’s a coach who helps women who are dissatisfied in their careers or are trying to transform their side hustles into full-time careers. When Toya contacted…

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20 Jan

From Business Litigation to Professional Development for Lawyers with Katie Aldrich [TFLP024]

In this episode, Sarah talks to Katie Aldrich about her experience moving from doing business litigation at a  big law firm to providing professional development and career coaching for lawyers and other professionals.  They talk about Katie’s realization that, although she was good at her Biglaw job, that didn’t mean it was the right job for her and she should…

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13 Jan

Building a Career and Business Coaching Firm After Leaving The Law with Ami Watkin [TFLP023]

In this episode, Sarah talks to Ami Watkin, who moved from a big law firm to a mid-sized firm before finally leaving the law and starting her career and business coaching firm. Ami describes herself as a recovering corporate attorney and talks to Sarah about her journey. Remember, if, like Ami, you want to recover from the grind of the…

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6 Jan

From Federal Public Defender to Post Legal Career In Photography and Travel Journalism with Sivani Babu [TFLP022]

From Federal Public Defender to Post Legal Career In Photography and Travel Journalism with Sivani Babu This week I’m sharing my conversation with Sivani Babu. Sivani worked as a federal public defender before switching careers and pursuing her hobby as a post-legal career.  She is now an award-winning nature photographer, travel journalist, and co-founder/creative director of the cross-genre travel magazine…

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30 Dec

From “Hating Every Second” of Working in Law to Legal Educator for Entrepreneurs with Sam Vander Wielen [TFLP021]

This week on the blog, you’ll read about Sam Vander Wielen. Sam is a former lawyer who works as a legal educator for entrepreneurs. Sam spent her entire time working in law hating every second.  During their conversation, Sarah and Sam spoke about a group of important issues like the lawyer identity issue, the abusive culture of Biglaw firms, and…

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