A Shortcut Approach to Career Planning for Lawyers

The Preliminary Results from Boalt Research Project: 26 Factors in Effective Lawyering lists 26 skills, traits or characteristics successful lawyers have.
Assume that you are a reasonably successful lawyer considering getting out of the law practice. Sit down with this list and pick out your best 6 – 10 skills and the 6 – 10 you like best. Make a first cut on combining those lists.
Then start to work with a variety of combinations of the factors on your tentative combined list. Suddenly you’re not just another burnedout lawyer who thinks that all he or she can do is practice law. You are person with marketable skills.
Now, put together combinations of those factors that appeal to you and start thinking about jobs that fit them.
This exercise should take you about 15 minutes. You can thank me when you start your new job.