At Former Lawyer, we are passionate about spreading the message that it’s okay to leave the law. Until you’ve worked as a lawyer, it’s hard to fully comprehend how difficult it can be. For so many reasons, working as a lawyer can make people feel desperate and hopeless. We want you to know: you’re not crazy for wanting to leave. You’re not wrong for feeling like it’s intolerable. There is nothing wrong with you if you don’t want to be a lawyer. You can get out, and if you’re suffering, you should.

These are just some of the articles that have caught our eye lately about the struggles people face working as lawyers. If you are struggling, please, please, please reach out to a friend or loved one. Send them a link to this post and tell them that you are struggling. You are more than your job and you are infinitely more valuable than any job.

He made his way to the top of ‘Big Law.’ Then his drinking almost brought him down

‘Big Law Killed My Husband’: An Open Letter From a Sidley Partner’s Widow

Constantly On Call, Lawyers Risk Exhaustion

Battling an ‘Epidemic’ of Loneliness Among Lawyers

Why Big Law Should Consider a Digital Declutter

Law Firms Tackle Mental Health, One Initiative at a Time

Legal Increasingly Turns to Tech to Solve Hidden Problem: Mental Health

I’ve Picked My Job Over My Kids