Leaving law to be a better lawyer?

“I’m not sure if I want to be a lawyer anymore.”

This is a thought that has probably run through almost every lawyer’s head at some point or another, more often than not at a silly hour in the morning when faced with another document to review or mark-up to prepare.

But for James Harper, a GC, sitting on the board within a company, this wasn’t just late-night frustration spilling over. It was the culmination of concerted introspection on his career journey and where he wanted to go next.

And then an opportunity presented itself making him face the question head on.

To leap. Or not.

The choice was not simple. Take the more traditional and well-trodden career path and explore bigger and better* legal roles within the company group.

Or step away from the law and take on a new role elsewhere in the business.

It could mean starting down a road away from the law, almost unimaginable as he had dreamed of being a lawyer since childhood. It could also mean returning to the law with a broader set of skills, providing more career options for the future.

First step on the journey

Over the course of a series of articles, James is going to write about his experiences in the big bad world of “other stuff”, the challenges he is facing (and they are numerous!), and whether they will ultimately drive him away from the law or make him a better lawyer. To read the first of these and journey with him, click here.

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