Lawyer Who Gave Up Law Practice Ready to Help Others Do the Same
Posted Jul 17, 2009 12:03 PM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
University of California Hastings College of the Law graduate Casey Berman isn’t happy with law practice, and he’s hoping to make some money helping others who share his feelings.
Berman has launched a consulting firm called Leave Law Behind to help lawyers who want to start their own businesses, the Recorder reports. Speaking to about 25 interested people at his law school on Tuesday, Berman said he was inspired to try some new ventures during a trip to Rome.
He noticed Italian men looking “cool” at local coffee joints and realized he hoped to feel that way too. “What I wanted was to imagine myself as cool on my own home turf," he said. "You want to create an environment in your head in your day-to-day that makes you feel good about yourself."
Berman created a clothing company—he has since sold it—along with websites and the new consulting business, the story says.
Berman advises lawyers opting for new careers to follow the essay-writing advice given to law students, the story recounts. The first step, he said, is to figure out your issue. Ask yourself what’s not going right. Then look at the rules you have followed in life, such as making career choices based on safety. Finally, figure out what you love to do and how to make money doing it.