If real life imitated TV perfectly, law would be an intellectually stimulating and exciting career path for everyone.
You work with high-profile clients, try intense cases, make massive M&A deals happen, and empower the barbarians at the gate.
Except… that doesn’t quite hold up in real life.
The average corporate law job turns into a game of “How many documents can you turn, and how quickly and accurately can you turn them? Bonus points if you’re skilled with the Table of Contents feature in Word.”
Some lawyers play that game and move up the ladder, while others get bored, conclude that business is more interesting, and move into roles with more modeling and fewer “Track Changes.”
Whenever deal activity heats up and banks ramp up their hiring, more and more professionals fall into that category and move from law to investment banking.
I’ve seen that firsthand because there has been a big uptick in the number of readers and customers making that move in the past year.
A cynic might say, “We’re at the peak! If so many career changers are getting in, the bubble is about to burst!”
But even when deal activity and hiring are down, a fair number of lawyers break in – and here’s how you do it: