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The Happy Lawyer Project is an inspirational podcast for young lawyers looking to find happiness in life with a law degree. Each episode provides the tips, advice, encouragement and inspiration you need to craft a life and career you love. Welcome to the Happy Lawyer Project!

Jan 24, 2017

Alison Monahan is a former BigLaw associate and the founder of The Girl’s Guide to Law School. On this episode she shares her secrets for following life’s opportunities and let’s us know what she wishes she’d known as a young law student and lawyer. If you’re a young lawyer ready for some real, actionable tips on how to make better decisions in your legal career and life, then Alison is someone you should know about.


What you’ll learn:

  • About Alison’s journey from pre-med to JD to entrepreneur
  • How reaching out to a therapist during law school changed her perspective
  • Why Alison calls transactional practice the more strategic play
  • The questions law school students should be asking to find success
  • What to do if you don’t know what to do
  • How to get better at taking risks
  • What it’s like to be location independent entrepreneur


Best Advice for a Happy Life:


Trust yourself, and know there's no one path that leads to life or career satisfaction (even if law school tells you it's BigLaw).”




Martha Beck- Finding Your Own North Star (


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