Let’s get honest.
It seems that most lawyers hate the practice of law.
I notice that those of you who hate the practice tend to fall into a few different categories:
- Working for Biglaw, billing hours by the bushel, with not a lot of impact or fulfillment to show for it other than a big paycheck;
- Working for yourself, sucking wind, struggling to pay the bills because you can’t figure out the business end of law practice;
- Doing defense work for insurance companies;
- Doing other types of conflict/litigation that requires nasty back and forth with opposing counsel.
Perhaps there are others. Feel free to mention them in the comments.
I’ve also had the pleasure of working with lawyers who absolutely love what they do.
Characteristics of lawyers who love their practices, are:
- Doing meaningful, fulfilling work for families or small business owners in one or more areas of practice;
- Having systems for delivering work that results in appreciation, “oohs & aahs” from clients, and even thank you notes, flowers & family event invitations;
- Being compensated well for the services being provided and being able to take off nights and evenings, at least most of the time;
- Not engaging in high stress conflict, but instead working with co-counsel, opposing counsel and/or clients who are kind, loving, and want more peace in the world;
- Working to help their clients be better parents, better business owners and better citizens of their communities.
Does your practice area fit this criteria?
If not, what can you do to make it better? Is a change in practice model possible?
We’ve got a free video series with practice worksheets that may help you to turn your law practice into one you absolutely, positively love. Check it out here.