It's quittin' time!
September 26, 2011 11:22 AM Subscribe
I'm a lawyer, and I've spent my entire legal career at big Vault 25 multinational firms doing transactional work. In 2012, I want a new job. For those of you who left Big Law (or made other left turns from your legal career), how do you tell whether you just don't like your working environment or whether you should get out of law altogether?
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) to law & government (8 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm at the seniority level where people at my firm start getting serious about becoming a partner. I have absolutely no interest in partnership; I'm not sure whether this comes across or has been noted yet. I have probably another two years before the firm would give me the boot, but I'd rather get out in (early) 2012 after collecting my bonus.
Everything I don't like about my current position can be distilled to three common complaints: 1) I have little control over my life; 2) I work for PE/investment banking clients that I don't like or admire; and 3) I don't find interesting the actual work I do.
I'd like to address one or preferably two of those complaints in 2012. Fixing all three would send me over the moon.
For those MeFi lawyers who arrived at this same crossroads, how did you know whether you wanted to stay in the law in another capicity, or get out entirely? Were you happy with your decision?
I'd particularly love to hear from lawyers who walked away from transactional/expert groups that are not immediately translatable into mainstream legal work (like ERISA compliance, SILO mavens, derivatives/ISDA, tax structuring--i.e., people who are not commercial litigators or corporate generalists).