THE LAWYERS WEEKLY
May 11, 2012 | 21
Need to change practice areas?
With so many things influencing the legal industry today,
it’s no surprise a growing number of associates and partners
are considering changes to
their practice area for a variety
Perhaps it’s the economy, or
changing markets. Your firm is
making strategic decisions in a
direction that affects you, or you
find yourself no longer enjoying
the work you do in a diminishing
practice area. It could be a personal choice based upon being
unhappy with where you are in
Whatever the motivation, you
can take steps to change direction without starting over. You
don’t have to start from scratch.
Over the years I have worked
with a number of lawyers who have
had to change direction for various
reasons and at different stages of
their careers. You can turn things
around, take back your career and
redirect your practice.
The first step in changing direction is to examine who you are,
what you enjoy doing, and ask
the question: Who do you want
to serve? In other words, what
makes you tick? What do you
want to create? What type of
work do you enjoy doing? What
types of people do you like working with most? Are there industries or markets that are more
aligned with your values? What
do you want your legacy to be?
What impact do you want to create? What truly motivates you?
Five years from now, where do
you want to be in your career?
How about 10 years? What
defines success for you?
Your list of definitions may
include monetary, career advancement and recognition, or anything else that truly defines success for you. Don’t concern
yourself with what other people
consider to be success—this is
What do you bring to the table?
What are some of the trans-
ferrable skills you could leverage
in a new practice area? What
has your experience taught you?
Is there a way to leverage your
current profile in a new prac-
tice area? What about your
external contacts and relation-
ships? Is there a way to leverage
them for introductions?
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