There’s a term that people in AA use called “pulling a geographic,” which describes the process of moving to a new place looking to escape one’s problems. It’s criticized by some because, as the saying goes, “wherever you go, there you are.”
But sometimes, pulling a geographic can be just the ticket.
Take Daniel Bailey, a 2010 law school graduate who knew early onin his career (like, the sixth week of his 1L year) that he didn’t want to be a lawyer; he wanted to be a businessman. He didn’t drop out, though. He graduated and set up his own practice for a year and a half before pulling up stakes and moving from Texas to Colorado to start his own business. He credits the move with helping him transition from lawyer to entrepreneur.
It got me thinking about my own transition out of the law. It wasn’t intentional, but a few months after quitting my firm job, my husband got a job offer that required us to move across the country and it couldn’t have come at a better time. There’s something about being in a new place surrounded by new people and a different cultural climate that opens up possibilities. Or maybe escaping the expectations of friends and loved ones is the key. At any rate, I’m not sure I could have stayed out as long as I have if we hadn’t moved to California.
Any other former lawyers or aspiring former lawyers who moved to make it happen? I’d love to hear your stories!
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