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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!

Mar 28, 2017

Let's be honest, getting CLE credit isn't always super fun. If you're anything like me, you know that it is important and that it could even be a thought-provoking exercise, so why is it so hard to find engaging CLE programs? Today’s guest didn't set out to disrupt the online legal education market but his love of learning has led him to do just that. Joel Cohen, founder of Talks on Law, shares his story of making the most of life in BigLaw, taking the entrepreneurial leap, and his vision for the future of legal education. He talks about how he’s started a business he loves, where he highlights top legal experts talking about important legal issues, using videos and straightforward language to present legal information in a way that is useful, engaging and educational.


What you'll learn:

  • How Joel got into BigLaw, and how to know when it’s time for you to consider making the entrepreneurial jump
  • Where he got the idea for Talks on Law while still working in BigLaw & his thoughts on the importance of "learning on the go"
  • The upside of taking the step from the big-law path to some other job in the legal world (for those considering taking it)
  • The challenges posed by working in a professional capacity outside of a BigLaw firm
  • What he would have done differently with his time in BigLaw, especially with regard to interacting with partners


Best Advice for Finding Happiness:


"The lawyers I’ve seen who are happy love their work, and enjoy their colleagues and the specific aspects of the competitive nature of their work, the good moments of their career... And then being able to throw off the more stressful aspects through some other, outside activity."

Connect with Joel:


On His Website:(

On Twitter: @TalksOnLaw (

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On IG: @TalksOnLaw (

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