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Too Often Attorneys Quit Law for the Wrong Reasons
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Summary: There are many acceptable reasons as to why attorneys leave the practice but too many leave because of a situation that can be corrected.

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There are too many attorneys that enter into the profession and then quickly give it up. There are many reasons given as to why they quit being an attorney but they are the wrong reasons. Harrison Barnes describes what the acceptable reasons are and what the unacceptable reasons are that attorneys quit.

The reasons that an attorney should leave the practice are what you would think. The first reason is when they really hate the job, not the firm or the people. For example, an attorney that hates arguing, negotiating, and writing is not in the right profession.

The second reason relates to the first. If you are someone that sucks at being an attorney, then it is time to quit. Being bad at the job involves making lots of stupid mistakes, always losing cases, and not understanding the requirements of the profession. No matter how hard you might try, you can’t force yourself to be good at something that you just aren’t.

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The third reason is if you are only concerned with yourself. Being an attorney is about helping others. If you can’t find the desire inside you to help someone with the legal problems, then you have a problem that cannot be fixed.

The fourth reason is if you know you will not be an attorney in the next few years. If you are planning your escape to another career then stop stalling and do it now.

The fifth reason to quit is if the career is killing you. When your health, happiness, and desire to live is severely affected in a bad way by the job, then get out until you figure things out or for good. You may love the profession but if your health can’t survive, then you won’t either.

The sixth reason to quit the practice is if the only motivation is money. While money is not a bad thing to be motivated by, there needs to be other motivations to make the job worthwhile for you.

The seventh reason is if you are lazy and spaced out. Attorneys need to be alert and able to get things done otherwise you are just hurting your clients.

The eighth reason is if you are a people pleaser that is easily manipulated. When you’re big concern is what others think of you and not offending anyone, then you cannot successfully advocate for your client.

Whatever the acceptable reasons are, they are acceptable because they cannot be fixed. When you get fired, don’t like the culture of your employment, or the people you work with, those reasons can be fixed so that you can still enjoy your work in a place that fits you better.




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