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The Former Lawyer Podcast

Sep 28, 2020

Jessica Medina went to law school thinking she would work for the government and change the world for the better. But during her 2L year at Columbia Law School, she gave birth to twins and became a single mom. Biglaw seemed the inevitable and obviously correct choice for her if she wanted her family to have a good life.

But after eight years in Biglaw, Jessica decided not to put herself up for partner and instead, to pursue a different career—which wasn't an easy decision.

In this episode, I'm sharing the first half of our conversation, where she talks about how she ended up in law school, and then Biglaw, and why she decided to leave.

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