You can make your way out of big law.
To become clear on what you want to do next, take action now.
Are you a female lawyer who wants out of big law?
- You take recruiter calls, but what they are selling sounds too similar. You’d rather stay with “the devil you know.”
- You don’t want to disappoint colleagues, a partner or others who count on you.
- You don’t want anyone to think you “can’t hack it.”
- Not sure what to do instead?
I ended the course feeling more confident about the reasons why I don’t like working in law. Before, I wasn’t able to articulate why I didn’t like it. I was self-conscious, or thought ‘I’m not tough enough’, I had doubts and wondered if I am quitting on something.
Now I focus on the key reasons why this atmosphere is not good for me. I feel okay with that instead of constantly questioning it. My questions now are practical – more about the next steps and, less of the decision whether to leave big law or not.Leslie
If You Want More Say Over Your Time, Life and Career…
Join WILL Step-by-Step
By participating in WILL, you can…
- Break the inertia: Never have to complain to family and friends about the long hours and how miserable you are.
- Quiet the inner voices: Make decisions from a place of resolve and wisdom.
- Gain clarity: Focus YOUR job search.
- Control your career and destiny: Never have to schlep a dossier of files on vacation or miss life events because you had to be in the office.
By the end, you will KNOW what you want, be INSPIRED about new possibilities
and take ACTION to move out of big law.
I want you to forgive yourself.
It’s hard to do something you’ve never done before all on your own.
I created WILL for lawyers with amazing skills, knowledge, and grit – who are ready to put the past behind them and make a new choice.
Let me introduce myself… my name is Elena Deutsch.
As an executive and career coach, I’ve worked with leaders, to grow their skills and lawyers who want out of big firms. For ten years, I’ve always had lawyer clients, either private pay or through firms.
Last summer, two clients, both women senior associates, had remarkable breakthroughs. After deciding they did not want to try and make partner, both landed jobs in exciting start-ups.
Let me tell you about one of them…
I was hired by her firm to do leadership coaching. Together, we had a tough conversation with her sponsoring partner.
Overall, she was doing great but he told her the perception was she took too much vacation and left her team in the lurch for a family visit in Europe.
That was the straw that broke the camel’s back. She knew it wasn’t true, but hearing this helped her decide to leave.
I took her through my EASE process and she developed tremendous clarity. She uncovered that she wanted to go in-house at a start-up. Traveling home for family visits was a life priority and would always be a challenge at the firm. Her ideal job had “unlimited vacation days”.
When she said that, I swear I got goosebumps.
Then, she went for it. Within a month, she was interviewing at a NY based start-up. Yes, she’s in her dream position and she has unlimited vacation days.
I still get chills thinking about it.
After this experience and speaking with dozens of lawyers and professional development leaders at big firms, I know that she’s not alone.
You are not alone either.
Many women associates want out of big law and don’t know where to turn.
To be honest, for years I’ve wanted to create a career transformation program for lawyers.
But after this experience, something ignited in me.
I was on vacation with my family in Cape Cod. Early every morning this idea woke me up. I literally felt it shaking me out of bed.
The name WILL – Women Interested in Leaving (big) Law – came to me.
I’ve taken online courses that have transformed my life and my business. I created this virtual course for women associates who want out of big law.
With WILL, you can learn privately and remotely while getting support from me and others going through the same thing. (And be anonymous if you choose. More on that below…)
I am so EXCITED to bring you this course!
Ready to hear more…?
So how does it work?
WILL Step-by-Step includes:
- Six self-paced video modules, with short bite-sized lessons
- Modules, build step-by-step upon each other
- Fit the work into your schedule
- StrengthsFinder Assessment
- Two private coaching sessions
- Bonus content you can access immediately
- 8-Live Office Hours with other women
- Guest speakers
- Live and archived interviews with women who have left big law
- And more…!
I recognize now the importance of knowing your strengths and interests and zeroing in to make a career out of that – as opposed to trying and fit yourself into a certain mold. If I hadn’t taken your course, I would probably be applying to just anything.Gwen
We start with mindset
Every lawyer I’ve worked with has an inner skeptic, critic and judge.
In these Modules, we will say hello to those inner players.
You learn to address them and develop a mindset open to greater possibility.
You meet the courageous ones inside, who are ready to burst out.
Each week, I give you a new Mindset Matters tool because these are critical to your success.
I’ve seen career transformation fail when client’s inner fears drive, instead of taking a backseat.
I really like the mindfulness component. I’ve been on a big personal journey this past year, and delving deeper into mindfulness is especially important for people in our profession. We tend to be type A, perfectionists and carry a lot of anxiety. I like that the course carries mindfulness. Using your attention to help fuel you.Gwen
EASE – I take you through my signature EASE process.
Who doesn’t need more EASE in their life?
- Elements (skills, interests, values)
- Appealing possibilities
- Study – Research your top possibilities
- Engage others – Network and share your story
I don’t know where this adventure will take you, but I trust the process. I’ve seen it work for others. It will work for you too.
Your adventure awaits… Here’s what WILL participants have said:
I am much more open to leaving big law now that I have a vision for what that might look like – both in terms of the next steps that appeal to me and what the timeline would be. One of my big concerns would be waking up 10 years from now. I’d be unhappy if I was I’m still doing this job. I don’t want to be doing it just because of money or prestige.
This program has given me the vision to see that I can make this change a reality. I believe that changing careers could bring me greater happiness compared to what I’m doing now.C.D.
WILL Step-by-Step includes everything:
- Online self-paced lessons with resources and worksheets
- Two 1-1 coaching sessions
- StrengthsFinder assessment
- Office Hours with guest speakers
- Bonuses with private interviews only for WILL members and more…!
I’ll take you step-by-step through my signature EASE career transformation process.
Once you become a member of the WILL community, you will have lifetime access to this course – including upgrades and additional bonuses.
My hunch is you need more information.
Here’s a detailed overview. . .
Get to know you & review your StrengthsFinder assessment
Welcome & Foundations
Personal Commitment & Confidentiality
Career EASE Process
Foundational Harvard Business Review article
Limiting & Expansive Beliefs
Mindset Matters – Inner Critic
Panning for Gold Pt 1
Ideal Day Meditation
Elements – Skills, Interests, and Values
Mindset Matters – What Story?
Panning for Gold Pt 2
What are your Values?
Mindset Matters – Lenses
Your Unique SIVS
(Skills, Interests, Values & Sticky Details)
Paths and Brainstorm Party
Mindset Matters – Inner Mentor
Study & Research
Networking & Informational Interviewing
Engage in Action!
Your Next Steps
Weekly Office Hours
- Break the isolation and join other women working through the materials.
- For eight (8) weeks after you enroll, join virtual office hours with other women in the course – Sunday nights from 8 – 9:30 pm ET.
- Hear the stories of other women. Discuss your progress, challenges and successes.
- Expand your network – both with other WILL members and guest speakers
- Confidential community or you can be anonymous if you choose.
- Calls recorded – if you can’t make it, listen later.
- Guest speakers! Interact with women who’ve left big law.
- End 2017 poised to launch your next move in 2018!
WILL Online members make a committment to maintain the confidentiality of others in the group.
The same confidentiality you would want for yourself, you promise to provide others.
The course itself can provide tremendous results.
But I am so committed to your success, I am including 2 private coaching sessions.
Private coaching is your chance to go deeper into your transformation.
The 1-1 sessions were really great. Getting to work through materials even more on a personal basis with Elena was tremendously helpful.Leslie
Secret Facebook Group
I’ve taken a number of online courses that have Facebook groups.
At first, I was skeptical.
But in these groups, I witnessed and experienced tremendous support, resource sharing, generosity and community. I’ve even made some friends and accountability partners.
WILL Step-by-Step is a place to build community, network and share successes. It’s a place to give and receive generously.
Only women who are in the WILL community will be able to see other members. Nothing will appear elsewhere on Facebook. And this is optional.
WILL members get lifetime access to the course. After I move forward with upgrades and additional bonuses, you continue to benefit. The price will go up in the next iteration and I can’t promise as much one-on-one and group support in future rounds.
But you can continue to be part of WILL for no additional cost.
Interviews ONLY availabile for WILL Members
In the course, you will get recorded interviews I’ve done with female attorneys who have SUCCESSFULLY left big law.
These interviews are private – not available anywhere else – and specific for WILL members.
You can watch the videos, read the transcripts, or both!
Plus… We will have live guests during Office Hours! You can ask your questions directly to them.
So are you READY to…
Schedule a vacation that you can actually take without working?
Not be tethered to the office?
Have clarity about how you want to spend your days?
Here is what some past clients have said about working with me…
Any associates in big firms who may have doubts about whether to stay long-term or what to do next could greatly benefit from Elena’s help.
I would recommend Elena to colleagues without hesitation! THANK YOU Elena for everything!!C., former senior associate, now in-house at a start-up
I appreciated the openness of Elena’s approach. I learned so much about myself and my professional needs. I am absolutely thrilled about where I am and enjoy going to work every day.Lindsay, former senior associate, now at a Fortune 500 company
I’m so Committed to Your Success, That I Offer a Money Back Guarantee…
I know this is a big investment.
One that has the potential to change your life. But it won’t happen without your genuine input and effort.
You have to do the work.
If you put in a truly good faith effort – then don’t feel you’ve gotten value – send me your completed materials within 60 days of enrolling. I’ll be happy to refund your money.
What if it doesn’t work for me?
It depends on how you define this.
At the end, you will know yourself far better, identify your top skills, interests and values, have target priorities and be poised to take action to move out of firm life.
Would you consider that working for you?
Again… if you do all the work and put in a truly good faith effort, but don’t feel you’ve gotten value, just send me your materials within 60 days of enrolling and I’d be happy to refund your money.
I suspect this question may be coming from your inner skeptic. In WILL Online, you will learn to know this voice and manage it.
Fear of failure is totally normal, but ask yourself, what is scarier…taking steps to leave, or staying?
Can I keep my identity a secret?
I know this is important for some members.
You can be anonymous if you want during this course. You can join Office Hours with an alias, and not participate in the Facebook group or create an dummy account and participate that way.
Of course, that is your choice. I hope you will share who you are and your stories with the other members. 🙂
Building relationships and connections with other members is a valuable benefit. The group aspect was a favorite feature for some WILL Pilot members.
Conversations are key to leaving big law. Talking to others about what you want is an intended outcome of the course. If you choose, you get to practice that in the Office Hours and FB group.
I really don’t know if I have the time. What if I fall behind?
There is no ahead and no behind. You will move through the course at your own pace.
One of the first tools I share is a Harvard Business Review article on managing your time AND energy.
All the Office Hours will be recorded. If you can’t make it, you can listen to the recordings.
That said, the number of office hours is limited. You may want to leverage the momentum of the group to inspire your effort.
The timing is designed so you are poised for 2018. Secure your bonus and make your next move!
I am a 1st or 2nd year associate. Is this for me?
Great question! Glad you are here and looking at this.
Around the 3rd year, associate have a deep internal knowledge of whether or not they want to be in big law for the long haul.
Mid-level and senior associates typically have more years of loans paid off. While compensation at a new job is important, when the financial pressure is lower, women are more able to make decisions based on their true desires, rather than financial needs.
Doing SOMETHING to get ready to leave can provide a sense of purpose that makes the daily grind more bearable. You can also use the time to acquire skills and experiences (both in the firm and outside by taking classes, volunteer roles, etc.).
It’s really up to you. Be honest with yourself about your financial situation and how badly you want to begin setting yourself up for a change. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to discuss.
What if I may want to stay in big law?
You may choose to stay! I actively support attorneys who want to make partner when that is clearly their objective.
Two benefits of taking this course:
- You will stand in certainty of what you DO want. You will be CHOOSING to make partner, not doing it by default.
- You will develop leadership tools and skills. Whether you stay in big law or choose to leave, you will know yourself better and that can help you lead and manage teams.
I would definitely recommend WILL. It provides a framework to understand yourself far better, not just for this transition, but moving forward in your life.
My tendency was to put myself in a situation that presented itself to me. That’s what I am used to – fitting myself into an opportunity. But now, if it doesn’t meet x, y and z criteria, why would I shove myself into that situation? I’m feeling picky!Leslie
Ready to Say “YES” to More Freedom and Agency in Your Life?
Stand in the certainty of what you do want.
To recap, here’s what you get when you enroll in WILL Online:
- Focused energy on discovering what YOU want next in your life
- Supportive community of other women going through the same work to cheer you on
- Self-paced learning in short nuggets, you control.
- 1-1 coaching and your personalized StrengthsFinder assessment
- Mindset Matters tools for female lawyers to quell your inner fears.
- Office hours for live additional support and
- Guest speakers – women who have successfully left big law.
- Bonuses! And more…
End 2017 with the knowledge that 2018 is the year you make a change.
Price will go up in the next iteration.
You are not alone.
Break the isolation: participate in Office Hours. Join other women in a confidential space going through this process.
If you are feeling a “YES”, let’s do this…
Let’s get started!
As soon as you enroll…we can get started on your assessment & schedule your first coaching call.
I look forward to being with you every step of the way.
P.S. If part of you is saying “Yes” and those fear voices are saying, “Oh….I don’t know. I don’t think this is a good idea.”
Ask your heart, not just your head, what it wants.
People like me, can benefit from a framework. When you pay for it, you carve out the time. I’m going to put this money down and do it. Keeps you accountable. If you are searching for the way out, WILL can help you do the deeper introspection.
I would recommend it for people who want to leave, are stuck, and don’t know what to do next… those are the people who would benefit.C.D.