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Switching from law to business (Part 2) – What’s it like

In my last post , I had shared with you some of the insights I developed when transitioning from law (a technical, licensed profession) to “commercial” (a generalist, non-licensed vocation). In this post I would like to share my personal experiences on what it’s like “on the other side”. Scores of people have asked me this, and I cant help remarking at the phraseology – the other side. It sounds like there is a line, or perhaps a chasm that needs to be crossed, or perhaps a dark, mysterious river to be forded. Or perhaps it’s just a huge psychological leap of faith. In any event, I was by no means alone in wanting to make this leap. And that’s why I feel compelled to share with you these thoughts. I know most people who are looking to change careers at a mid-senior level would experience considerable doubt and anxiety over the decision. Perhaps my posts will help you. Technical to general – how your frameworks are completely different The first big adjustment is to re

Switching from legal to commercial: Taking the plunge (Part 1 of 2)

A great many colleagues, friends and fresh graduates have asked me how I made the switch from in-house legal to "the business".  I can promise you, there is no magic spell, no secret formula, and definitely no one right answer. This post is meant for in-house and private practice corporate lawyers who want to transition out of the law at some stage. Linear Progression It helps to remember your career is your responsibility.  No one else is going to decide for you, nor can you expect that.  It's very tempting, for lawyers, to assume that sheer performance, will bring you the results you seek, the recognition you deserve, and predictable and timely career progression.  The law does, after all, have a very defined progression, particularly corporate law.  You start as an Articled Clerk, become an Associate, and after 5-8 years a Senior Associate, and typically after 10+ years you could very well be on track to make Partner.  Taking responsibility for your career  as a