The Former Lawyer Collaborative is a confidential support community where unhappy lawyers explore career options and figure out what they want and how to get there so that they can trade lawyering for a better life.
You’re a lawyer who is unhappy with your job. You think you may want out, but you’re afraid to talk to anyone about it, you feel like you’re the only one, and you don’t know where to start.
That’s why I created the Former Lawyer Collaborative.
I’ve been there.
Top law school? Check.
Coveted biglaw job? Check.
Glowing reviews? Check.
And yet . . . when I realized I might want out, I didn’t know where to begin.
The Former Lawyer Collaborative is the confidential support community that I wish existed when I was still practicing as a lawyer and trying to figure out my next steps.
It’s a safe and confidential space for lawyers who are interested in exploring other career options (inside the law or outside of it).
How does the Collaborative help lawyers figure out what they want to do and leave their jobs?
Inside the Collaborative, we help lawyers figure out whether they want to leave the law, if so, what they want to do next, and how to get there. (Sounds obvious, but while it’s simple, it’s not easy.)
There’s a whole framework to walk you through this process step-by-step without being overwhelming.
The resources are organized into five stages so that each person can work through at their own pace.
The 5 stages are:
- Stage 1: Self-Assessment & Next Step
- Stage 2: Former Lawyer Fundamentals
- Stage 3: Identify & Clarify
- Stage 4: Chart & Strategize
- Stage 5: Explore & Execute
Essentially, you’re moving from the big picture questions like, “what do I actually like?” and “what do I want my career/life to look like?,” to super specific questions like, “what’s it like to do X non-lawyer job,” and “how do I rewrite my resume to target a non-legal job?”.
You can move through the stages sequentially, or you can dip in and out of the stages as it makes sense for you and your current status.
So, you’ll never be “behind,” but you’ll always have a clear idea of where to go next.
The thing is, when people do this work on their own, they almost always jump right to the fifth stage, which I totally get.
But, that often results in burning a TON of time on things that aren’t really workable.
If the higher-level work isn’t done on the front end, it can just be a lot of spinning your wheels. Or, thinking you’re making a change that will work for you, only to realize that it’s more of the same because you didn’t know what you wanted to move towards, only what you wanted to get away from.
So the goal is to get you to a place where you are able to make effective, strategic decisions about each next step.
The framework also provides a point of reference for all of our members even though everyone is working in different stages.
I should note that while there is a structure to the process, everything is designed to be self-paced so that if you get slammed at work or have some other schedule hiccup—which is inevitable—you won’t feel behind or like you need to scramble to catch up.
There is also not a ton of “required” content to consume, because I know that you’re dedicated to making a change, but don’t have hours and hours to devote to endless learning, as opposed to taking action.
I’ve been a lawyer, so I know how it goes. The program is designed to be flexible and to fit your life.
Here’s how the Former Lawyer Collaborative works…
Once you join, you’ll get access to the Former Lawyer Collaborative platform. The platform has all the materials, resources, and tools you’ll need to work through the process.
It’s also where you’ll be able to connect with the other lawyers that are part of the Collaborative.
It’s been my experience that having those connections with other lawyers who are headed in the same direction is HUGELY helpful and can make all the difference.
(I’m sure you know that there are approximately a zillion studies showing that you have an astronomically higher percentage chance of making changes that you want to make if you are part of a community and have accountability.)
In the Collaborative you can join subgroups to connect with lawyers in a similar position to you who have similar concerns and challenges—e.g., Biglaw, in-house, years 1-3, 4-7, 7-10, 10+, women, litigators, etc.
There’s also a designated space for forming Accountability Circles around whatever goals you personally have for your progress.
I am in the community every weekday answering any questions that you have, and we have an (unrecorded) monthly group call where you can check in, talk through issues that are coming up for you and where you’re getting stuck, and get direct feedback.
Each month we also have at least one new live virtual workshop or Q&A on a relevant topic, and the replay gets added to the resources in the Collaborative.
How can a lawyer join the Former Lawyer Collaborative?
If you are interested in joining the Collaborative, you simply need to click “I’m in!” below and register for the next cohort.
The cohort runs for 12 months.
(You are welcome to re-up after your first 12 months if you want to—we have members who expect to want the support beyond the first 12 months, but you’re not obligated to continue into a new cohort if you feel that you’ve met your goals.)
The total cost to join a cohort is a one-time payment of $497 (or $125/month in 4 monthly installments, or $49/month in 12 monthly installments, your choice).
To join the Former Lawyer Collaborative, simply click Join Now below and fill out the registration form.
Here’s what our members have to say about the Former Lawyer Collaborative:
From a former Biglaw associate, now in-house, about why the Collaborative is a great fit for lawyers who have a long-term goal of leaving the law:
“Even though I’ve transitioned to in-house from biglaw and think I’m going to like it a lot more and stay for a while, I still want to be a part of this community of women. No matter what happens with my job, or if I’m going to be on the hunt any time soon, I still want to talk to women who know where I’m coming from and my experience. I just feel like we have a very similar perspective, and that’s really important to me, and I’ve found that it’s really hard to find. . . . It’s really helpful to talk to other people who have that biglaw background, and can be with each other and talk, even if it’s not about work, and just about life and balancing and stuff like that.”
From a current early-stage Biglaw associate about why joining the Collaborative was an easy decision:
“It was a pretty quick decision for me. Part of it was that I know myself, and I’m a little bit of a commitmentphobe, so it was me embracing the challenge to commit for a full year. And I’m also kind of in that boat of people who are thinking about leaving and kind of have that seed planted in the back of my mind, but no plans to do so in the immediate future, so in that sense the annual membership also made sense to me. I kind of figure I’ll soak up the wisdom that is shared over the course of the year, and that might help me formulate a more concrete plan in the future. I’ve really loved the podcast and I’m just excited about the work that you’re doing, so I wanted to be along for the ride, and not only in the short-term.”
Still have questions about whether the Former Lawyer Collaborative is a fit for you? The Former Lawyer Collaborative is a great fit for lawyers who:
- are motivated & driven;
- don’t love the law and are open to the idea of leaving;
- want to connect with other lawyers who “get it;”
- want to access support and resources as they need them on their own schedule;
- know that figuring out what’s next for them is truly a process; and
- see the value in having a private community where every member has committed to strict confidentiality.
The Former Lawyer Collaborative is not a great fit for lawyers who:
- love legal practice (we see you, we love you, we don’t want to be you); or
- want advice about how to make partner and expand their legal practice (that won’t be the focus of this community).
Helpful FAQS About The Collaborative
Q1 – Who is the Former Lawyer Collaborative for?
The Collaborative is designed for lawyers who want to explore other career options and the possibility of leaving the law. It’s best suited for lawyers in their first 15ish years of practice, although the material is helpful for lawyers at any stage.
Q2 – Who isn’t a good fit for the Former Lawyer 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.
Q3 – When are the workshops and calls, and are there replays?
Currently, most workshops and calls are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
All workshops are recorded and the replays are available inside the Collaborative platform.
Q4 – I have other questions that you didn’t answer—what should I do?
No problem! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.