Q: After four years as a corporate attorney at a large law firm, I want to restart my career as a litigator for a public interest organization. Is this even possible? It is a large jump, but it’s where my heart has been all along.

A: It is possible for attorneys to go back and forth between the private and public sectors. To make the leap, you will have to face a number of hurdles. You must establish your credibility for a position in public interest, which means demonstrating your commitment and having relevant skills. You must also be prepared for an extended search in light of the scarcity of available positions and the keen competition for them. You also must be willing to accept a significant cut in pay, as well as the possibility of relocation. Your inquiry does not address any of these issues.

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