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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
- Are Same-Sex Couples Entitled to Share Employment Benefits?Traditionally, one benefit of marriage was being able to share in a spouse's employment benefits, like health, vision, and dental insurance. Unfortunately, many same-sex couples have struggled for years to receive the same level of benefits and even the right to be married. With more and more jurisdictions recognizing same-sex marriages, are employers now required to provide same-sex couples with the same level of benefits as heterosexual couples?
- Securities and Exchange Commission Saved $439 Million For Whistleblower RewardsThe Securities and Exchange Commission has saved money to spend on it's whistleblower rewards program. It is likely that there will be larger rewards in the future as tips have increased recently.
- Can You Fire Someone For Their Social Media Complaints About Work?Social media is everywhere today; from Facebook to Twitter to LinkedIn, it would be almost impossible for an employer not to have someone working for them that has some form of social media presence. While you might be able to keep an employee from updating their Facebook status from the office, can you do anything about what they say or do about you or your company on their social media in their own time? Indeed, can you fire someone for their social media complaints about work?
- What Are America's Minimum Wage Laws?The United States has statutory minimum wage laws intended to ensure that even the least skilled of workers are able to earn enough money on which to live. As of July 2009, the federal minimum wage was set to $7.25 per hour, which equates to weekly earnings of just $290 per week (before taxes) for a full time job. However, many feel this number has not kept up with inflation and that this number is no longer a livable figure.
- Legal Considerations for Office Holiday PartiesEvery year, millions of Americans engage in office parties around the traditional holiday season. Sometimes these are at the boss's house, a country club, a nice restaurant, or even somewhere at the office itself. But, is the party considered a work function? Could there legally be a consequence for not attending, even if it is after hours? And, what happens if someone is injured, either at the party or on the way to or from it?
- Are Credit Checks Legal in a Job Interview?Millions of Americans have found themselves in this situation in the last few years: looking for work, they fill out an application only to find a portion asking for permission to run their credit report. Some refuse because they fear identity theft. Others lose the job, despite being otherwise qualified, because they have bad credit. So is it legal for an employer to ask to run your credit during a job interview?
- Sutter Health Settles Whistleblower Case for $46 MillionSutter Health decided to settle a whistleblower case before trial. The case involved allegations of double billing for anesthesia services at hospitals in California.
- Ninth Circuit Outlines Boundaries of Computer Fraud and Abuse ActIn United States v. Nosal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to determine the boundaries of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. § 1030. It ultimately concluded that violations of an employer's computer use policy did not amount to "exceeding authorized access" under the CFAA.
- What Do I Need to Know About A Non-Compete Agreement?Many have been asked to sign non-compete agreements or thought they might be a good idea to protect their business interests when hiring someone. But, what do they do? How are they enforced? What legal requirements do they have to follow?
- Whistleblower Reward Programs Could Help Regain Funds From Tax DodgersWhistleblower reward programs could help California recoup lost tax revenue.