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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!

Jun 6, 2019

Happiness is a choice. Although I believe this statement to be true, it can sometimes seem like a controversial issue. On today’s show I chat with Rukayatu Tijani about choosing and cultivating your own happiness story. We talk about the challenges she faced as a first generation lawyer, how therapy helped her work through difficulties, how she found the right therapist, and how her experiences inspired her to found the First Generation Purpose Project. Find out how Rukayatu balances it all as a biglaw associate and the founder of a new business. This episode is full of insight on perspective, facing challenges, and seeking help. Hope you enjoy!


What you’ll learn:


  • Rukayatu’s journey in the law
  • Obstacles first generation professionals face
  • How therapy can help you find your happy
  • Tips to finding therapy
  • The importance of true diversification within the law
  • All about the First Generation Purpose Project
  • Tips to leveraging your work
  • Resources available to you now as a first generation professional




  1. How do you deal with overwhelm?
  2. How do you prioritize your own happiness?
  3. What are you saying no to these days?
  4. A mindset shift that changed you?
  5. Name a book that has inspired your journey.
  6. What do you think separates lawyers who are happy to lawyers who struggle to find happiness in life with a law degree?


Fan Question: Melissa on instagram wants to know what advice you have for dealing with the guilt that comes with surpassing your parents.


Best Advice for Finding Happiness


“Being courageous enough to shift the paradigm”.




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