10 Interesting Reads for Legal Professionals

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10 Interesting Reads for Legal Professionals

 

Legal professionals spend a huge amount of time reading for work, but its worth making time for career related reading too. Whether you’re looking for a happier law practice or ideas on what else to do next, you’ll find them in the following books:

  1. Happy Lawyer Happy Life, by Clarissa Rayward. This book will give you the tools you need to make the best of your career in law, and perhaps more importantly, find happiness in your life. Clarissa’s own experience of managing unhappiness in her career is combined with the knowledge and wisdom of many other happy lawyers to create this practical guide – a must read for anyone considering or navigating a career in the law. 
  2. The Startup of You, by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha. Written by the founder of LinkedIn, this book is a career manifesto for the 21st century. As the book argues, the “career elevator” has stopped. Fewer people now take an entry level job, climb the ranks, and retire from the same organisation 30 years later. Thinking of your career as a startup can open up new avenues for advancement, and will help ensure you’re never left behind when your company or firm changes course.
  3. Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future, by Richard Susskind. This book is a short, readable introduction to many of the challenges the legal profession will face for the next 30 years. What Susskind sees is eye-opening-a legal world of virtual courts, Internet-based global legal businesses, online document production, commoditized service, legal process outsourcing, and wed-based simulated practice.
  4. The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law, by Nancy Levit and Douglas O. Linder. This book explores the root causes or attorney dissatisfaction and offers suggestions for aspiring lawyers, law students, and practising attorneys on how to be happier and more content working as a lawyer. Covering everything from brain chemistry and the science of happiness to the workings of the modern law firm, Nancy Levil and Doug Linder provide invaluable insights and a set of easily understandable steps that can boost career happiness.
  5. Mindet: The new Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck. If you only read one book on this list, make it Mindset. Carol explains her research on a growth vs. a fixed mindset and outlines the repercussions for career, life and more. In a nutshell, having (or developing) a growth mindset can improve happiness and lead to greater success in all aspects of life. Well worth a read!
  6. Lawyer, Know Thyself: A Psychological Analysis of Personality Strengths and Weaknesses, by Susan Swaim Daicoff. An interesting overview of the “lawyer personality” and the problems it causes – both personally and professionally. This work reviews 40 years’ worth of empirical studies on lawyers and law students and how to identify themselves with the profile and personality of the typical lawyer. If they do not fit this profile, the book suggests how atypical lawyers can practice law most successfully.
  7. So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport. If you’re tired of people telling you to “follow your passion!” this is the book for you. Cal Newport makes a solid case that developing in-demand skills, and parlaying those skills into greater leverage over your career, is the key to career success and happiness. If you’re looking for a new way to think about career development, this is the book for you.
  8. The Anxious Lawyer, by Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford. Interest in meditation and mindfulness has skyrocketed in recent years, and lawyers are even jumping on board. The Anxious Lawyer is an 8-week guide to creating a happier, more sustainable law practice using mediation. It is written by lawyers and for lawyers, this book is highly recommended for anyone in the legal world who has wondered about meditation but hesitated to get started. 
  9. Transforming Practices: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life, by Steven Keeva. If you’re feeling dissatisfied with your legal career, this is the grand dame of lawyer self-help books. This book examines how lawyers can find deeper meaning in their work, practice more compassionately, and discover enjoyment in what they do, all by developing a greater awareness for their inner lives. Filled with inspiring profiles of lawyers who have successfully changed their work habits and who have healed themselves as individuals and within their communities, this book makes it clear that the opportunity for change exists for every lawyer, in every kind of practice.
  10. The Four Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferris. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, the 4-Hour Work week is the blueprint.The New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Body shows readers how to live more and work less, with over 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content. 
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