Life after BigLaw?
May 18, 2014 2:51 PM Subscribe
Everyone always tells you that going to law school and being a lawyer will open up all types of job possibilities. I tried being a big firm lawyer and am don't want to continue doing it. I'm looking to figure out life after biglaw and what that actually means. Looking for advice on how to figure out what's next, where to look for jobs that might play to a legal skill set, and how and what to highlight about biglaw experience when looking for the next job.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (12 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
1. Went to a top 50 law school
2. Summered at a biglaw firm in NYC
3. Worked at said biglaw firm as a litigator for 4 years after law school and got burnt out
I think the four years in biglaw were good for me. I paid off my loans, learned a lot about the business of biglaw, and had a decent number of opportunities to build my legal skill set (took depositions, argued motions, wrote motions, plenty of client contact, etc.), but, it was also enough time to know that the partner track is not for me and that biglaw work is not as fulfilling as I had hoped. I'm also planning to leave NYC, probably to go back to San Francisco, where I used to live.
Problem is, I'm not sure what to do next. I don't think litigating at another firm will be productive. I just don't know where to look next. I'm open to legal and non-legal possibilities. Where do I look? Should I do something completely different and follow my passion (wine)? How can I spin my legal experience into a non-legal job? Any advice is welcome, and hearing stories about how people left a biglaw job is helpful.