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Just got an offer to go back to BL and contemplating it. Left 2 years ago to work in government and love the wl balance. This offer would triple my salary. Not sure what to do.

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A friend has been offered a role as an independent contractor commercial counsel in house (NYC pre IPO tech company) (10-20 hrs/week, with possibility to turn into a full time position). Would appreci… more

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Ex big law capital markets attorneys - what’re you doing now? Do you like it? When did you leave? How much do you work? Can you touch on salary expectations, both as soon as you left, and end of caree… more

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I left practice 12 years ago. I became the Director of International Programs at a law school, which was great for a while. But, the bureaucracy eventually got to me. While there, I started a podcast … more

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Anyone ex-biglaw to plaintiffs bar?

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Working remotely for a tech co and still can't get over how much more time I get to spend with my kids. To be honest, this alone is worth so much more than money can buy. For those who plan well, … more

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I was in BigLaw for 9 years and left because I hit my savings target. FIRE kept me motivated. I’m now primarily supporting my wife’s career (BigLaw counsel) as her job has unparalleled flexibility and… more

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Please share stories of people who left successfully after their first year, I need the inspiration 🙏

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Just over a year post BL. Still a lawyer but more balanced. Still crazy to me how all those weird things about corporate BL are actually not inescapable realities of practice, e.g. not having free tim… more

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Obama summered at Sidley Austin

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I left biglaw after 2 years, stayed home with my kids for 8, and then became a recruiter. My husband left biglaw after 1 year, started his own firm, grew it and practiced for 20+ years, and then becam… more

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My dad technically left big law after a month of it in 1968. He went on to have an amazing career in both law and politics. Has even been deemed important enough to have his own Wikipedia. Sky’s the l… more

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I left biglaw after 3 years to a mid-size firm. Took a pay cut but the hours, people, culture and work were so much better I never thought twice about the salary or “prestige.” Ultimately I started 2… more

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Left big law as a 5th year. Currently working at a small firm, billing around 5 hours per day, firm typically makes partners around year 7. Huge pay cut, but loans paid off and I have way more time fo… more

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I left in 2013 after five years in. I have since done everything from selling motorcycles, getting a food prep certificate, doing discovery work, starting a few companies, and getting married to a wom… more

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Thank you for joining. If you don’t mind sharing, how long did you work in big law and what type of work do you do now?

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Ex big law attorneys - please share your experiences. Do you regret leaving? Have you found happiness? Pros and cons?

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