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Those of you who left your firm recently due to mental health or being overworked—where did you go and are you happy now?

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Went in house for my physical and mental health due to being overworked in biglaw. I also work way fewer hours and am happy now.

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In house at big tech. I don’t know if I work fewer hours consistently, but I work weekdays ~ 9-6, with very few exceptions. My biggest gripe about my firm job was that my days were so unpredictable and often involved evening and weekend work. I wouldn’t make plans because of this. There are different pain points in house, but now I have time and space to do other things in my personal life. I’ve diversified the number of things in my life that can give me fulfillment and happiness. I def feel healthier and more optimistic.

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Ditto. I also love having just one boss (who happens to be great).

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V10 to another V10 surprisingly still not happy

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In house. Hours are unreal (20hours a wk) but I miss the comp, esp in light of these raises

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I went to K&E and am I might move again. Shockingly, my WLB at K&E is much better but I'm not enjoying my new practice area.

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What’s your new practice area?

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Went to a similarly-situated V25 and could not be happier. My old firm made me feel like I wasn’t cut out for biglaw (because they explicitly said that), but biglaw wasn’t the issue. The people were. Lots of people in this industry are jerks, but don’t let anyone convince you that you need to be abused to have a career in biglaw.

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This was my experience, too, and I thought I was stupid and hopeless, but I wasn’t the issue because I’m thriving at my new firm!

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Left a v10 for a v30 and much happier

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A5 lmao i was just stating my experience and a fact. im not the one that got defensive and resorted to insults

Moved to a small firm in a small town with access to nature. Barely cracking $100k, but some days I bill 3 hours. So happy.

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