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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!

Apr 17, 2018

If you are anything like me, you entered life as a young associate with very little understand on how to excel in your new role. On today’s episode I have the pleasure of chatting with Jay Harrington author of The Essential Associate, former attorney and current coach & consultant for lawyers and law firms. Not only does Jay share great tips for associates early in their careers, but he also touches on the growth mindset and the importance of staying intentional no matter what phase of life you are in.


What you’ll learn:

  • Why Jay transitioned out of practicing law
  • What led Jay to write his book
  • Misconceptions about the law
  • The importance of “face time” to senior partners
  • Ways to engage with senior partners
  • Keys to being an essential associate
  • Ways to tackle problems with the growth mindset
  • Jay’s thoughts on work-life balance


Best Advice for Finding Happiness


“It’s a matter of being purposeful and intentional with your career”.


“Understanding you have options and taking control of your circumstances and not letting those circumstances be dictated by others.”


* Common Bond Student Loan,

* The Essential Associate, Step Up, Stand Out, and Rise to the Top as a Young Lawyer: Jay Harrington,

* When: Daniel Pink;

* James Altucher Show,

* Jaime Masters,

* Amelia Boone,


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