About Sarah

Do you dream of leaving the law?? I get it.

Here at Former Lawyer, it’s my mission to make it easier for unhappy lawyers to ditch their soul-sucking jobs.

If you are in your first two decades of practice, I want to help you:
  • explore alternative careers
  • learn what else you can do with your J.D.
  • figure out what you want to do next and how to get there
And maybe most importantly, overcome the mental hurdles so many lawyers face in leaving the law, so that you can trade lawyering for a better life.

The lawyers I work with either know they want to leave the law, or are trying to figure out whether they should find a different legal job or leave the law entirely.

I’m Sarah Cottrell.

 

I worked as a lawyer for 10 years, first as a Biglaw litigator (exited that as fast as I could!), then in legal publishing, and finally as an appellate court staff attorney. During that decade, my husband and I paid off our combined law school loans, which along with a small amount of consumer debt totaled over $400k!

In 2018, I bailed and haven’t looked back, because now I get to do meaningful work and have a meaningful life. My identity is no longer wrapped up in my job, and I no longer make career or life decisions based on what other people will think about them.

I host a weekly podcast, The Former Lawyer Podcast, where I share honest conversations with former lawyers about how they left the law to find careers and lives that they love, plus all of the things that I learned during my own experience practicing and leaving law.

If you’re looking for clarity, support and a safe space to share your curiosity about a different reality—one where you no longer practice law—you’ve found the right place.

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First Steps To Leaving The Law

free guide for when you want out, but you're not even sure where to start.

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The Former Lawyer Podcast

Honest conversations with former lawyers about leaving law. Advice and insight for your own journey.

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The Former Lawyer Collaborative

A confidential community that gives lawyers the tools and support to get out.