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Admittedly I’m biased, but I bet most lawyers—at some point—yearn to do more than practice law the rest of their lives. I was precocious on that score. Even as a first year associate, I felt I wanted to do something different.

I think loads of lawyers want something more meaningful but are clueless about what to do. And I’m not talking only about lawyer-malcontents like myself. From what I’ve seen, even those who like law and are wildly successful at it want more out of life, often as they get older, besides negotiating contracts, writing briefs or working on the biggest, most awesome deal/case ever.

But how do you cut the cord and reinvent yourself—especially if you’ve been a lawyer for most of your life?

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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