WILL Step By Step

  • You stay with “the devil you know” even if it takes a toll on your soul
  • You don’t want to let anyone down – be it partners, colleagues, or family
  • You want to leave (big) law, you just don’t know how

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.


Mid-level Attorney, Minneapolis

Are you ready to…

  • Shed the toxic culture, say goodbye to the double standards
  • Quiet the inner critics, tap into your inner resolve and wisdom
  • Cultivate new thoughts and beliefs that elevate your imagination
  • Control your career and destiny, no more schlepping files on vacation
  • Focus on YOUR aspirations, not what you’re told to do by the “powers that be”

KNOW what you want

Be INSPIRED about new possibilities.

DRIVE towards the life you desire.

You’re smart and think you should be able to figure this out on your own.  But it’s hard to do something you’ve never done before, especially in isolation.

WILL is for lawyers with ambition, smarts, and grit.  You  are ready to put the past behind you 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 as well as lawyers who want out of big firms.

In 2016, two female senior attorneys 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 got goosebumps.

Within a month, she was interviewing at a NY based start-up.  Now 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 this… you are not alone.

Many women lawyers want to get out from under the billable hour and don’t know where to turn.

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.  Now, I created this virtual course for women attorneys  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…)

WILL Step-by-Step includes:

  • Seven self-paced video modules
  • Bite-sized lessons that build on each other
  • StrengthsFinder Assessment
  • THREE private 1-hour coaching sessions (including “Your HOT Action Plan”)
  • 12 Weeks of virtual group Office Hours
  • Guest speakers
  • Bonus content and more…!
The way StrengthsFinder might suggest another career is a great starting point. It gets you thinking about yourself outside of law–your strengths and how those might be applied to other work. For me, someone who wants to pursue an alternative career, it helped me to think about –‘What are my skills? What do I want? What careers are a good match for my skills and interests?’

Senior Attorney, San Francisco

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.


Senior Attorney, Washington D.C.

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.


Senior Attorney, Washington D.C.

EASE career transformation method guides your every step along the way…

  • Elements – the things that LIGHT YOU UP!
  • Appealing possibilities – inspirational options!
  • Study – Investigate top possibilities – and network like a badass!
  • Engage in ACTION – Map out your path and take consistent action!

This process works.  It will work for you too.


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.


Senior Attorney, San Francisco

My hunch is you need more information.

Here’s a detailed overview. . .

Welcome & Foundations

Personal Commitment & Confidentiality

Career EASE Process

Foundational Harvard Business Review article

Module 1

Mindset Matters

Limiting & Expansive Beliefs

Mindset Matters – Inner Critic

StrengthsFinder Assessment

Module 2

Panning for Gold Pt 1

Ideal Day Meditation

Elements – Skills, Interests, and Values

Mindset Matters – What Story?

Module 3

Panning for Gold Pt 2

Interests & Values

Mindset Matters – Lenses

Module 4

Appealing Possibilities

Paths and Brainstorm Party

Mind Mapping

Prioritization Exercise

Mindset Matters – Inner Mentor

Module 5

Study & Research

Study/Research Tips

Networking & Informational Interviewing

Module 6

Engage in Action!

Goal Setting

Action Planning

Your Next Steps


Makes sense, right?

B o n u s e s !

12 Weeks of Group Office Hours

  • Break the isolation and join other women making this change
  • Be inspired by their stories and courage
  • Expand your network – with other WILL members and guest speakers
  • Confidentially share your challenges, receive support, and cheering on
  • Motivate yourself to show up having done your homework

One-on-One Coaching

The course itself can provide tremendous results.

In your 3 private 1:1 coaching sessions go deeper into what’s holding you back and how you can let go!  

The 1-1 sessions were really great. Getting to work through materials even more on a personal basis with Elena was tremendously helpful.


Mid-level Attorney, Minneapolis

Lifetime Access

WILL members get lifetime access to the course, additional upgrades and bonuses.  You are part of the WILL community.


Live Guest Speakers ONLY availabile for WILL Members

Watch private interviews with female attorneys who have SUCCESSFULLY left big law

Plus…  We will have live guests during Office Hours!  You can ask your questions directly to them and grow your network.

Great, right?


A r e    y o u    R E A D Y    t o . . .


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 Attorney, 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 Attorney, now at a Fortune 500 company

A Money Back Guarantee…

This is an investment that has the potential to change your life.  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 – and don’t feel you’ve gotten value – send your completed materials within 30 days of enrolling. We will happily 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?

If you do all the work and don’t feel you’ve gotten value, send your materials within 30 days of enrolling.  We will refund your money.

I suspect this question may be coming from your inner skeptic.  In WILL 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?

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. 

Building relationships and connections with other members is a valuable benefit.  The group aspect is a favorite feature for many WILL 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 are 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.

WILL gives you the opportunity to prioritize your life, dreams and desires. Putting yourself first takes practice.  You can begin that here and now.  

I am a 1st or 2nd year attorney. Is this for me?

Great question!  

Around the 2nd or 3rd year, associates have a deep internal knowledge of whether or not they want to be in big law for the long haul.

Mid-level and senior attorneys typically have more years of loans paid off. Some are more able to make decisions based on their true desires, rather than financial needs. 

Doing WILL 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.).

Reach out to elena@womeninterestedinleavinglaw.com to discuss.

What if I may want to stay in big law?

You may choose to stay!  Two benefits of taking this course:

  1. You will stand in certainty of what you DO want. You will be CHOOSE staying, not doing it by default.
  2. 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.

How long is the course?

The course is designed to take about 12 weeks.  When you sign up you get immediate access to the Welcome & Foundations Module. Then over the next six week you will get sent access to the next Module.  Estimate 2 weeks per Module.  The BONUSES section, filled with interviews, tools and lots more, opens to you immediately.

However, there is no ahead or behind in this work. You move at YOUR OWN PACE.

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!


Mid-level attorney, Minneapolis

Ready to Say “YES” to More Freedom and Agency in Your Life?

Stand in the certainty of what you do want.

Join WILL Step-by-Step if you want:

  • A clear path about how to step into your next thing
  • Inspired ideas that align with your skills, interests & values
  • Take action to pursue and explore new options
  • Formulate a strategy to transition out of big law
  • Grow your network of supportive, thriving women

What is the value of your time & freedom?

What is the most precious commodity money can’t buy? 


Begin now. This is an investment in YOU.


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.”

It can be so hard to hear your heart over the noise in your head.

Take three deep breaths.  Put your hand on your heart.

Ask it what it wants.  Get quiet.  Listen.

People like me, can benefit from a framework. When you pay for it, you carve out the time and do it. 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., San Francisco

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