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Ann Israel is the legal profession’s Dear Abby. A New York legal recruiter since 1979, Ann is a past president of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. Advice for the Lawlorn is updated every week.


Q: After graduating from a good school with high honors, passing several bars on the first try, and surviving a number of first year cuts at a big firm where I work, I have serious reservations about my career choice.

The reason: I am a parent of small children but barely get to see them, given the time demands of the big firm lifestyle. Is there such a thing as a law-related job where you can leave at 6:00 – 7:00 and don’t have to work weekends?

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