So, how do you know when it is time to leave your firm? In my lawyer career counselor role, I get asked that question often, but I rarely answer. I usually can’t. It is a personal question everyone must answer for himself or herself.

In the past few years, not as many lawyers have asked it, as fewer lawyers left jobs voluntarily. The real job openings — and there were not many — were flooded by a steady stream of resumes of over-qualified applicants, which included law firm partners, veteran government officials, well-qualified laid-off associates and unemployed recent law school grads.

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