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My Article on Leaving A Law Firm Now Online At Complete Lawyer

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When I sat down to write Solo By Choice, I was surprised to find little information on the issues related to leaving a law firm, from negotiating benefits to notifying clients with the exception of   Dennis Kennedy‘s excellent chapter in the ABA’s book, Flying Solo.  Thus, I devoted a section of SBC to these issues, and used the chapter as a springboard for this new material in this article for this month’s issue of The Complete Lawyer, which begins:

Most law students and lawyers know quite a bit about finding a job—how to write a compelling cover letter and an attention-grabbing resume, how to navigate tricky interview questions and how to make contacts who can help with the job search. With all the time we expend finding a job, it’s not surprising that we never focus on the flip side: leaving a job. Yet, how you leave your place of employment—whether it’s a firm, government or corporation—can have more of an effect on your career than what you actually do after you’re gone.

  • Carolyn,
    Great article. In these times, I suspect it will find a good audience. The emphasis you place on reputation is, I think, a very important one that people tend not to think all the way through in what can be a very hectic time.
    Thanks for the kind mention of my chapter. I enjoyed writing that chapter and have been pleasantly surprised by how many people have told me that they found it useful.

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