Posts tagged "lawyer"

Waiting for bar exam results? Do this!

1. You MUST get sleep.  Easier said than done, I know, but at least try to get a good night's sleep. Do whatever you have to do to ensure that you're not wide awake at 3AM imagining the horror of failing when all of the other first years in your office pass. That's just sadist. Get those thoughts out of your head and have sweet dreams. Drink some warm milk. Count sheep (Do NOT contemplate a contract, a tort or a crime involving said sheep or even consider how the sheep are property of the sheep herder! Just count!). And, don't take sleeping pills. The only thing worse than being a lawyer is being a lawyer addicted to sleeping pills.
Bar exam results are forthcoming.  And, I’m reminded of this entry from the Archives. *Cue holiday music.  It’s the most horrible time of the yearrrrr!! ~~~ If you took the Illinois (or any state) bar exam in July, your results may be forthcoming very soon.  Of course, as any test taker knows, the results can’t... Read more »

Today, in the bathroom at the office, I witnessed...

a woman crying. Red eyes. Sniffling. Blowing her nose. Checking her makeup in the mirror. I didn’t ask if she was ok because 1/ I don’t know her and 2/ I didn’t want to embarrass her (or me, if she were to tell me to mind my own beeswax).  But, it reminded me of this... Read more »

Life After Lawyer

Graduated from the University of Chicago Law School; The Studs Terkel Program aired on 98.7 WFMT between 1952 and 1997.
I recently likened myself to the elf from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  He doesn’t want to be an elf.  He wants to be a dentist.  And, that’s OK. I’m not the only lawyer turned something else.  Here are some of the notable residents of the Island of Misfit Lawyers ~ Today, I am grateful... Read more »
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Labor Day Awards: What was your worst job?

Awkward Moments Award: My first office during my first year as a lawyer was next to the partner’s office, where I would often hear the partner on the phone with the client as the client complained about me.  Where is the closest hole? I need to crawl into it. Worst Boss Ever Award: An indecipherable... Read more »

The Island of Misfit Lawyers

I’m like the elf in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer who doesn’t want to be an elf.  He wants to be a dentist. I don’t want to be a lawyer.  I want to be a news reporter. Today, I am grateful ~ 1/ For new friends 2/ Especially ones who give me good career advice 3/... Read more »

Steven Slater, Patron Saint of Frustrated Workers Everywhere

My first office during my first year as a lawyer was next to the partner’s office, where I would often hear the partner on the phone with the client as the client complained about me.  Yeah, that was a real joy. I always dreamed of Steven Slater-ing it.  (Yes, Steven Slater, you are now a... Read more »
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Three Truths for Career Changers

I’m a lawyer.  But, after a few aha moments and several sessions with a career coach, I realized what I should be doing.  So, now, I’m doing it.  I’m a lawyer turned journalist (turned happier person). If you are thinking of changing careers, here are three truths you should know. Truth #1. There will be... Read more »