The Former Lawyer Collaborative™

For Lawyers Who Want To Ditch Their Soul-Sucking Jobs, Discover What They Really Want To Do, And Do It!

What if you knew exactly what steps to take to figure out a career that aligns with your unique priorities and values?

Do you find yourself…

  • Sick from the stress of dealing with difficult clients, toxic partners, and all of the minutiae of legal practice?
  • Scrolling through jobs on LinkedIn, hoping you’ll stumble upon something that actually seems exciting to you?
  • Frustrated that you managed to graduate from law school and pass the bar, yet can’t figure out what you should be doing with your career?
You know that you don’t want to be a lawyer anymore… but you have no idea what you want to do instead.

Imagine instead …

  • Feeling confident and excited to figure out what’s next for you in your career
  • Knowing exactly what to do now and next because you have a clear plan for figuring out what you want
  • Feeling focused and relaxed instead of scattered and anxious when you think about your next career step
  • Jumping into a new career you LOVE, that allows you to bring your whole self to work and where your unique strengths and skills are valued

The roadmap is waiting for you. Let’s do this together.

Introducing the Former Lawyer Collaborative™

A confidential support program that gives you the tools and support that you need to say goodbye to your soul-sucking legal job and hello to a career that aligns with your unique priorities and values

How does it work?

The 5-part Former Lawyer Framework™ will guide you through the process of identifying the best career path for you.


Initial Self-Assessment

Deep dive into where you are, why you're there, and what that means for your next step. (And build the skills you need to move forward!)



Make sure your foundation is solid, jump start your progress, and start having some real breakthroughs—fast!


Identify & Clarify

Get crystal clear on exactly what your career needs to look like. Uncover your unique strategy.



No more frantic Googling or doom-scrolling job boards. Dig into real data and information about everything that interests you with laser-focus based on the work you've done thus far.


Strategize & Execute

Identifying a path forward is just one part of the picture. You also need to handle all the nuts and bolts of making the jump. Finances, resumes, networking, etc.—we've got you covered.

What’s Inside?


Monthly Group Call

Every month, Sarah leads a group call where you can check in, talk through your progress that month, ask questions about things that are tripping you up, and get help busting through any obstacles that have presented themselves.

Former Lawyer Framework™ Core Curriculum

The 5-part Former Lawyer Framework™ core curriculum is clearly laid out module by module with video trainings and hands-on exercises. You can get started on your self-assessment right away.

Confidential Community

Confidential community on Circle (not Facebook!) to connect with other lawyers and get your questions answered by Sarah and her team

Monthly Live Event

Each month, in addition to our group call, we have a live workshop or panel to help you explore specific career paths, implement specific strategies, or get your questions answered about different aspects of your career search.


Workshop Library

A growing library of 30+ replays of topical workshops, career panels & Q&As, that you can watch on-demand.



Every member of the Collaborative™ is committed to strict confidentiality.


Resumé & Cover Letter Bank

Sample resumés and cover letters provided by past podcast guests and panel participants that they used to land real-life non-legal jobs.

Private Podcast Feeds

Private podcast feeds so that you can listen to the Former Lawyer Framework™ core curriculum videos and workshop replays on-the-go in your preferred podcast player.


Transferable Skills Audit™

A straightforward process for identifying and cataloguing your unique transferable skills so that you can apply to non-legal jobs with ease.

What's in the Workshop Library?

Curious to know what's in the Workshop Library? (Remember, this is in addition to the core Former Lawyer Framework™ curriculum.)

Here are some of the things you'll find in the library:

  • How To Create An Effective Resume: Leveraging Your Transferable Skills As A Lawyer And Positioning Yourself For The Job That You Want
  • Networking & Informational Interviews Q&A
  • What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?: Figuring Out What You Really Want from Your Career 
  • Non-Profits, Figuring Out What You Want, And Dealing With Uncertainty Q&A
  • Beyond Black and White Thinking
  • Balancing Your Budget Now & Beyond Biglaw 
  • Is In-House The Answer? Panel Discussion & Q&A
  • Mindfulness for Lawyers: Real Tools You Can Use Right Now
  • Student Loan Repayment Strategies
  • Budgeting Basics for Lawyers
  • When You Can’t Leave Just Yet: Strategies To Move You Forward Even When You’re Staying Put 
  • Student Loan Debt Considerations For Lawyers
  • How To Make A Full-Time Income Pursuing Your Passion
  • Self-Care In Your Current Role Can Prevent Career Transition Burnout
  • Counsel to Copywriter: Leveraging the Law to Start Your Writing Side-Hustle
  • Boundaries at Work
  • 3 Strategies For Uncovering Any Lawyer's Transferable Skills

You'll also find panel discussions with former lawyers who have moved into other fields. Topics include careers in:

  • Higher ed/law school administration
  • Freelance writing
  • Online business
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Recruiting
  • Non-profit development/management
  • Legal project management
  • Compliance
  • Legal operations
  • Legal tech

Replays of our live events are added to the library every month.

Wondering what could be possible if you join the Collaborative™? Here are just some of the things that my clients have done...

Law firm associate asked firm to let them go part-time so they could pursue a freelance writing career
Biglaw partner went part-time and is building a life coaching business
Senior litigation associate at a mid-sized firm landed a fully-remote, non-billable role in-house and escaped the litigation grind
25-year lawyer resigned from partnership at his firm to pursue small business consulting (what they wanted to do when they left law school 25 years ago!)
Junior associate who thought they would stay in the law another 3-5 years landed dream non-legal job and left Biglaw less than 12 months after joining the Collaborative™
In-house counsel quit job in order to live the life of a digital nomad
Public defender who will be leaving their job later this year and taking a year-long sabbatical in 2022 to volunteer and pursue creative projects
Civil litigator identified compliance as area of interest and landed new role in compliance just a few months after joining the Collaborative™
Midlevel Biglaw corporate associate realized that she doesn't need to go back to school in order to pursue her dream career (and quit Biglaw!)

Here's what real lawyers like you have to say about the Former Lawyer Collaborative™.

"I ended up finding a job outside of the law just about a year after I first worked through the First Steps guide, and in the interim I worked through a lot of the fear of losing the 'prestige' that comes with being a lawyer and realized, through hearing/reading experiences of others in the Collaborative, that I was not alone in how I felt about my job and how it was not sustainable long-term (and that there's nothing wrong with feeling that way).

If you are feeling lost and overwhelmed at work, and find yourself laying in bed at night googling "jobs I can do with a JD" over and over to no real avail...the Collab is for you! If you are on the fence about joining...ask yourself, are you looking to hold yourself accountable and go from thinking/dreaming/talking about making a change to actually making a change? If so, dive in!"

Biglaw Associate

"The Collaborative has helped me focus my efforts and to engage in critical internal work. I love the confidentiality, the framework, and the tools that allow folks to embark on a guided path. I also love having the feeling that I am not alone on wanting to embark on a new path. It is a fantastic resource for anyone that is unhappy or looking to find a more fulfilling life. The Collaborative is perfect for anyone at any stage of their career who is unhappy with practicing law and does not know where to start."

25-Year Lawyer & Law Firm Partner

"The clarity boot camp and the monthly calls helped me to finally realize that I too can change my life, no matter the circumstances, and that there is always a way no matter how bumpy. It literally made me see a possible path forward."

Small Firm Litigator

"If you're on the fence, just do it. The idea of getting a career coach can be very daunting in terms of price. Here, you're not just getting the career-coach-type training, you're also getting an entire group of other attorneys who are going through it with you."

Lawyer in Private Practice

"This program is a great fit for someone who knows they want to move on from what they are doing, but really doesn't know where to go or what do to next. The information and connections I found in the Collaborative were just not easy to find elsewhere."

Law Firm Associate

"There have been so many "aha" moments for me because I joined the Collaborative! The biggest, I think, has been realizing that I have been surrounded by a culture that tells me being miserable is just normal for this job (private firm litigation), and therefore not something to complain about or even to seek to change. I have a vivid memory of actually telling my mother-in-law, when she was visiting and kept asking me every day whether I had had a "good" day, that my job is very stressful and "not terrible" is really the best it gets. How did I not realize then that I needed a change?! ... I [am] no longer willing to completely sacrifice my mental and physical health.

When you consider that the Collaborative could literally change your entire life, it is invaluable. There is so much helpful content, it is absolutely worth the cost."

Senior Associate, Litigation

"The focus of the Collaborative sets it apart from other programs. I don't just want a career beyond the law that I'm good at because of my skill set, I want to enjoy it and feel fulfilled by it. What Sarah does is centralize the person and their goals, instead of just focusing on what they are good at. Because, let's be honest, we're all good at certain things we just don't want to do for a living."

Federal Government Attorney

"Sarah goes above and beyond for her clients. She is always willing to connect her clients with helpful people in her network. The Collaborative is not just about finding a new career; it gives you the tools to learn more about your personality and values so you can feel confident in your next step."

Trial Lawyer

And check out these podcast interviews where clients share about their experience in the Collab!

Here’s what you’ll get when you enroll today…

  • 5 modules that walk you step-by-step through the framework for identifying the alternative career for you
  • Monthly live workshops
  • Monthly group call
  • Private podcast feeds so that you can listen to the Former Lawyer Framework™ core curriculum and workshop replays on the go in your preferred podcast player when you don’t have time to watch the videos
  • Confidential community

Choose the option that works best for you!

Payment Plan

Most flexible
$260/month x 6
  • 5 modules that walk you step-by-step through the framework for identifying the alternative career for you
  • Monthly live workshops
  • Monthly group call
  • Private podcast feeds so that you can listen to Former Lawyer Framework™ core content and workshop replays on the go in your preferred podcast player
  • Confidential community

Questions lawyers have asked before saying, "Yes!" to joining the Collaborative

You talk a lot about Biglaw. Is the Collaborative only for Biglaw lawyers?

No. We have members of all types in the Collaborative—Biglaw, Midlaw, super small firms, partners and associates, in-house, public interest, government/prosecutors/public defenders.

Is the Collaborative only for lawyers in a particular stage of their career?

The Collaborative framework is helpful for lawyers at any stage.

Who isn't a good fit for the Collaborative?

The Collaborative is structured for lawyers who are actively trying to figure out what they want to do next in their career, actively exploring the possibility of leaving the law, or anticipating leaving the law eventually, even if that may be several years down the road. If you’re a lawyer who wants to market your legal services or a former lawyer who has found your new niche and wants to market those services, this is not a great fit. We have a strict “no promotions, selling, or spam” policy.

Are workshops recorded?

Yes, all workshops are recorded and the replays are available inside the Collaborative platform. The only thing that is not recorded is the monthly group call. Presently, the call is typically held on the first Thursday of the month at two different times: noon Eastern and 8 p.m. Eastern.

What's your refund policy?

Because the Former Lawyer Collaborative™ is a digital program to which you get instant full access upon enrolling, and to protect and ensure the confidentiality of program participants, I do not offer refunds. I fully believe in the value of this program and the participants agree!

Your level of success in this program depends upon your personal commitment and willingness to invest in your own career and in all of the resources that the Collaborative™ offers. The no-refund policy is designed to make sure that every participant in this program has thoughtfully decided that they are ready to invest in themselves and their careers.

I'm a lawyer and I want to read the Terms of Use for the Collaborative.
I have other questions that you didn't answer—what do I do?

No problem! Email us at [email protected].

Sarah, I would NEVER have imagined quitting my job and exploring other options without you, the podcast, and all the resources you share with the world.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do.

You changed my life.

Janelle Christian

Founder of Hey J. Nicole, Former Biglaw Associate

Hi there! I’m Sarah.

I practiced law for 10 years, first as a Biglaw litigator, and later at a state court of appeals (with a brief interlude in legal publishing).

In 2018, my husband and I paid off our (double!) law school loans and I left the law for good.

I created Former Lawyer to help other lawyers, like me, who discover that they don’t want to practice law, but don’t know what to do next.


Sarah Cottrell, the founder of Former Lawyer, helps unhappy lawyers ditch their soul-sucking jobs and figure out how to trade lawyering for a better life.

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