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Summary: Considering leaving your law firm? You must be prepared to make a transition to another firm before you go. Otherwise, your career will be in jeopardy.

Why Lawyers Should Never Quit an Attorney Job Without Another Legal Job Lined Up: Law Firms With Think You Were Fired, Crazy, Unmotivated and More
 
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

One of the craziest and riskiest things any attorney can do is to quit a job without having another one lined up. It really does not matter what sort of job it is. It could be another firm job, a judicial clerkship, or a job as an in-house counsel. If you quit a job without having another one it becomes excruciatingly more difficult to get a new job. I would estimate it is about 9-times more difficult to get a new job when you are unemployed than when you are employed. It can be done (and I am going to tell you how), and you can even make not having a job a good thing, but you need to know what you are getting into before quitting a job without having one lined up.

As a preliminary matter, I once quit a legal job without having another one lined up so I am in a perfect position to tell you about it. In fact, it was arguably the greatest move of my life and something I will never regret having done. However, you need to understand that if you quit a job without having another one lined up—and actually want to stay working as an attorney—this is an incredibly risky proposition and will unnecessarily complicate your job search efforts.