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Don’t Let These Ten Stumbling Blocks Push You Out of Law

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Written by Allison Wolf

Ever wondered, “Why did I become a lawyer? Maybe a career in law isn’t for me?

You aren’t alone. We all question our decisions from time to time.

A career in law isn’t one thing. It’s not one skill set. It’s not one specialization. This diversity of options and trajectories can make it such a valuable career choice and a challenging one.

Finding the legal career that fits you may take some effort. It can mean making several transitions. What’s important to know is that this is a process of learning about yourself and, in turn, learning about what will align with your unique strengths, interests, values, and more. Learning what work is going to be engaging takes some experimenting.

Over the course of my career, I have come across common stumbling blocks that can needlessly push a lawyer out of law, But, it is important to remember that finding aligned work is a process. It takes thought, planning, and action.

Read my in-depth article on not letting these stumbling blocks push you out of law at

Read the helpful articles in the June 2022 Career Issue of the CBABC Bar Talk:

Also, for more insights, have a listen to this free CLEBC event with lawyers talking about the twists and turns their careers took on the way to a meaningful legal career:

About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.

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