The Editor of this weblog is neither a career coach nor guidance counselor. He does, however, believe
that the high numbers of lawyers who are dissatisfied with their current jobs or their choice of profession,
or are troubled by depression or substance abuse, present a serious problem for our entire profession and
its members, as well as our society. There are no magic panaceas, but undertaking serious self-evaluation
(to understand one’s goals, values, priorities, emotional needs and skills, and professional capabilities) is
clearly one crucial part of finding a satisfactory career solution, and life balance, for each individual. This
assessment should start before deciding to enter law school, intensify during law school, and be revisited
regularly thereafter. It’s not too late to begin (but it could be, if you keep stalling).
On this page, we’ve gathered a number of resources that may be helpful for those wishing to start or renew
the self-assessment, life-assessment, or career-assessment process. With a commitment of time and
honest effort, this process may lead some to choose careers other than the law or to choose different paths
within the law. Some may remember the person they were before they started law school. Others may
get a clear picture of the person they want to and can become.
We at f/k/a have formerly been known to play many roles within the legal profession, and have found
personally satisfying ones on its periphery and beyond. Both doing the self-evaluation and making any
indicated changes take courage. But, not doing them can be a lot scarier in the long run. We urge you
not to wait for a calamity, as the Editor did. Check the resources below and get going. The life you save
may be your own (and your family’s).