Will Meyerhofer just wasn’t cut out to be a lawyer. He landed a job at one of the world’s most prestigeous law firms after graduating from Harvard and NYU, but it didn’t take long until he started experiencing severe anxiety due to the workload and grueling hours. Now a senior psychotherapist and author of several books on stress and the legal profession, he’s got sound advice for unhappy lawyers.
In this episode he talks to lawyer, writer and Legaltech.se founder Fredrik Svärd, who got the opportunity of a lifetime ten years ago: to create what would become Sweden’s largest online legal magazine from the ground up.
The job description was perfect but the workplace mismanaged and toxic. One day he found himself unable to read, write or even talk - and on top of that sucked into a drawn-out legal battle over employment rights.
This is their conversation on stress disorders in the legal profession. Why are lawyers so prone to burnout, how can it be prevented and how do you cope with it? Have smartphones and legal tech made matters worse? And when is it time to pull the plug and switch careers?
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