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Midlife Career Change for Lawyers

Most of the time, we hear younger lawyers expressing dissatisfaction with the legal profession, whether it's a lack of meaningful work or the lack of job opportunities.  But even older lawyers get the professional blues. As this month's ABA Journal reports, many lawyers experience malaise after a decade or two of practice.

The ABA Journal story describes what lawyers are doing to cope with this type of midlife (or midcareer) crisis.  Some leave their law firms for in-house positions while others decide to start their own law firms.   And for those lawyers simply experiencing boredom, experts advise that they seek out work they enjoy, either by making court appearances or doing more writing and research on the job, or taking up an exciting hobby -- like skydiving -- outside of work.

Have you experienced a midlife crisis as a lawyer?  What did you do to address it -- post your comments below.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on August 28, 2008 at 11:02 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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