“The primary misconception about ex-lawyers is that we remember any law.”
Not only is ex-lawyer Min Jin Lee the best-selling author of the rich and lovely novel Free Food for Millionaires, she’s also one awesome lady. Min took a giant step when she left her New York corporate law position to become a full-time writer. And look where she is now!
Shortly after meeting Min (as just one audience member at a packed reading), I left the law. Her words of wisdom to me at that difficult time in my life were this: “I think our paths are crooked and curious, but we have to keep walking and be sure footed.” Her advice is something I have thought about frequently in the last several years, and I hope it will resonate with you fellow ex-lawyers as well.
Without further ado, here’s what Min had to say in response to our five:
1. Life for a lawyer who leaves the law is…not as bad as you would think it would be.
2. The hardest thing about being an ex-lawyer is…having to explain to sensible people as to why you left.
3. The best thing about being an ex-lawyer is…no longer having to make billables.
4. The primary misconception about ex-lawyers is…that we remember any law.
5. The main different between my life now and my life as a lawyer is…that I am doing what I want.
Min now resides in Tokyo with her husband and son, where she is working on her second novel, Pachinko.