After some time off, I may be ready to become a legal nomad.
When I first started the journey of living the LITMO life, I was fairly convinced I didn’t want to be a lawyer.
It’s not because I had bad experiences with firms (well, all bad) – in fact, the last firm I worked for before I left traditional practice was the best law firm to work for I could have possibly imagined. It was a combination of the fact that I didn’t want to be beholden to anyone else’s schedule, at all – whether that was the judge’s or the firm’s or another lawyer’s – and that I didn’t particularly want the responsibility of being a lawyer.
Some people thrive on making multimillion dollar deals. Just like lawyers, some physicians love the high-risk/high-reward surgeries – that was never going to be me. The idea of missing a deadline or being responsible for something going wrong for a client wasn’t something I loved – the life of a lawyer (a traditional lawyer) was too high-stress for me.
For all these reasons, I thought I would never go back to practicing law.
It turns out, though, that I miss it. It also turns out that what I hated most was the litigation side of my practice (intellectual property) and not necessarily the rest of it.
What I’ve discovered, as well, over the past few weeks is that the law is changing, just like every other industry is. While I once thought that the law would be the only field that didn’t keep up with the changing times, I was wrong. Just like you can work remotely as a writer, there are now companies exclusively dedicated to letting you work remotely as a lawyer.
Truth be told, I actually also sort of hate being a writer for other people. I love being a writer – that part isn’t in doubt at all – and I love writing my own pieces for outlets like The Washington Post, I hate writing for other people – especially in the content marketing arena where the pieces just aren’t that interesting and tend to be a lot of fluff.
So, while it’s clear that the ultimate solution will be to not work for other people at all – until that happens, I’m going to give practicing law – on my own terms – another go. I suspect things like being able to wake up whenever I want, working remotely, and working with smaller clients (not giant corporations) will make me a lot happier than what I was doing before. And of course, the ability to continue traveling.
And who knows? Maybe I’ll discover the legal nomad life is the life for me.