Changing Legal Job - Quitting Your Legal Employment
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Leaving Your Legal Job
- Alternative Careers for JD's
Occasionally, lawyers find themselves at a crossroads in their careers. They reach the conclusion that the practice of law no longer interests them, which raises the question about what they can do with their law degrees besides practicing law.
- Alternative Legal Careers
How to search for career opportunities outside the legal field.
- Creating a Satisfying Second Act in Your Legal Career
Attorneys are widely perceived as successful in life and many would affirm their satisfaction with their careers. But lawyers who can claim they “couldn’t be happier” are rare, and far more common are those who don’t take time to consider how making changes might yield greater satisfaction.
- Law Students Demand More from the Profession
After the better part of a decade in post-law school employment, you might find yourself asking, "Is this all there is?"
- Leaving a Law Job Without Leaving a Bad Taste
Some things to consider when leaving your legal job.
- Leaving your Legal Career Far Behind
These women went into the law for all of the right reasons -- and some wrong ones -- but then listened to that inner voice.
- Quitting Your Job - About.com
People quit their jobs for a variety of reasons. These reasons include a lack of advancement opportunities, they want more money, or simply because they are unhappy. Find out how to decide when to leave your employer and how to do it diplomatically.
- Resignation Letter Template
Resignation letter templates, formats, examples, samples and writing tips. Includes resignation letter samples and a resignation letter template that you may download for personal use. Also called a letter of resignation.
Losing Your Job
- 100 Tips, Tools, and Resources to Help You Survive Without a Job
At some point in their life, everyone has to deal with losing a job. The below sites are essential resources for those who need help with dealing with unemployment, getting expert advice, as well as preparing for the search for the next employer.
- 8 Strategies for Bouncing Back from Job Loss
Actions you can take to get back to work.
It hurts to lose your job, but developing a clear job search strategy will help ease the pain.
- Fired: How to Handle a Termination or Being Fired
What to do when you get fired? Some tips on getting started.
- How to Deal With Losing Your Job
Few of us are immune to the possibility of losing our jobs, but when a redundancy notice arrives, it can still be a shocking experience
- How to Do a Job Interview After Being Fired
Most people regard getting fired as a black mark on their resume. However, many people who hire and fire everyday, know that they have released good people who were a bad fit for their company.
- I've been fired! Now what?
FAQ on losing your job.
- What To Do If You Lose Your Job
The company you work for is going through some rough, uncertain times, and you learn that your job may be in jeopardy. What should you do?
- Your Rights If You Lose Your Job
Information regarding your rights if you lose your job.
Legal Career Change
- Career Change for Lawyers in a Global Economy
Advice on the steps to take to make a career change.
- Developing Your Legal Career
You’re thinking about advancing your career. What would you like to be doing in five or ten years? Whatever your ambition, now is the time to build a foundation for the future.
- Exploring Career Changes: Services Available To Attorneys In Transition
This handout focuses on the private coaching services available to lawyers to assist with a career transition and also offers suggestions on free alternative sources of help.
- Is it Time to Make a Change?
Where are you in your career right now? Which road do you plan to travel down next? Advice on how to make the decision for a change.
- Roadmap to Attorney Career Changes
Some thoughts on career change for lawyers.
- Job-Seeker Relocation Resources
Collection of the best relocation and moving tools and resources to assist job-seekers who are considering relocating.
- Moving Your Career to Another City
Before you relocate, it is important to distinguish the types of legal professionals that are likely to have the most success in relocating from those who will not have success.
- New City, New Job: How to Conduct a Long-Distance Job Search
How do you go about landing a job in a new locale when your current location is far from your destination?
- Relocating to a New City
Many lawyers may find themselves in the position where they will have to relocate during some period of their career. Relocation may be necessary for family reasons, to find employment in your desired field or to return home after having attended law school in a different city. Either way there are a few things that one needs to take into consideration when relocating and looking for legal employment.
Advice on relocating.
- Should I Stay or Should I Go?
What to do when your firm decides to relocate.
Alternative Legal Work Options
- Advice and Testimonials from Law Graduates Who Chose Not to Practice Law
Career alternatives for lawyers.
- Better on Balance?
Attorneys employed in law firms seek in-house positions because of the type of work, to be part of a strategic decision-making team, to have a proactive role in counseling clients, and, many say, to have a better quality of life.
- Jobs for Lawyers: Alternatives to Practicing Law
There are good news for the lawyer pursuing alternative work arrangements, read this article to find out.
- Overcoming the Stigmas of Alternative Work Arrangements
The struggle to balance career and family is not a new problem, but one that many employers have recently started to address and implement policies about.
- The Case Against Being Trapped in the Law
Some of the common myths that keep lawyers feeling trapped in their jobs - myths that need to be debunked.
Legal Articles Related to Employment and Labor
- Is an Attorney Needed in a New York State Workers' Compensation Claim?An employee injured in New York State will likely have to decide whether to retain a workers' compensation lawyer to assist in the claim. For a myriad of reasons, more often than not it makes sense to secure the services of an experienced attorney.
- Most Dangerous Industries for Workplace Injuries and DeathsEach year thousands of U.S. workers die and millions more are injured in workplace accidents. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,383 fatal work accidents and 3.7 million nonfatal work injuries in 2012.
- Handling Wrongful Termination and Other Employee Claims: A California Employer’s GuideIt is common knowledge that lawsuits brought by current or former employees are generally bad for an employer’s business. Employee lawsuits not only disrupt the daily operations within the company or organization, but they also are extremely costly to defend.
- An Employee’s Guide to Retaliation in the WorkplaceRetaliation takes place when an adverse action is taken against an employee for filing a complaint of discrimination or assisting another employee in his or her complaint of workplace discrimination.
- Navigating the FMLA Minefield: Seven Common Mistakes Employers MakeThe Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”) provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to an eligible employee for his or her own serious health condition or the serious health condition or military service of a family member.[i]
- Fourth Circuit Broadens Definition of Disability Under the ADAAA to Include Temporary ImpairmentsFourth Circuit Broadens Definition of Disability Under the ADAAA to Include Temporary Impairments - Article on a recent decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on a disability discrimination case and the interpretation of what types of temporary impairments constitute a "disability" under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA").
- What Benefits Are Available Under the New York State Workers' Compensation Law?The New York State Workers' Compensation Law is, in essence, a form of social insurance. The intent of the compensation statute is clear: protect and compensate employees injured at work.
- I Left My Job and Now I Can't Make a Living - Non-Competes and EmployeesMany employees have to sign "non-compete" agreements, often as a clause in initial hiring paperwork. Such clauses can throw a wrench in the hunt for new employment, and can cause you to be terminated from your new job. Here's what you need to know.
- What Are the Recoverable Damages for California Employees Who were Wrongfully Terminated?In California, the general rule is that employment is “at will” and therefore employers may terminate employees at any time and even for no reason. However, many employers fail to realize that an employee cannot be terminated for illegal reasons pursuant to applicable federal and state employment laws. In particular, California employers are prohibited from discharging employees because of their inclusion in a protected class.
- The Status of Independent Contractor vs. Employment RelationshipThe issue of whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee is currently on the minds of many business owners. In fact, the California legislature has recently established a strong disincentive for wrongly classifying individual workers as independent contractors.