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Life on the Slow Track

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The Wall Street Journal profiles a lawyer temp agency placing high-profile lawyers looking to duck big firm life – Finding Happiness On the Slow(er) Track ($).

Thomas Lee is one young lawyer who considers himself a perfect fit for Axiom. The 2000 Yale Law School graduate says he wants to practice law as well as devote significant time to writing fiction, something that was getting squeezed out of his life while an associate at law firms in New York, first at Davis Polk & Wardwell, then at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. “As time was going on, I realized I couldn’t [write fiction] and be a law-firm lawyer,” he says.

Mr. Lee started working for Axiom this summer, around the time he and his wife moved to California. Axiom placed him at Cisco Systems Inc. in San Jose, Calif. He likes the work, which mostly involves working on agreements with Cisco’s resellers and distributors. He says “the best part” of the Axiom experience is that while he’s expected to work very hard while on the job, his work week is a predictable 50 hours. “No weekends,” he adds.

Still, Mr. Lee admits he had to adjust to what Axiom doesn’t offer. “That’s the thing about Axiom: There’s no defined goal at the end of it,” he says. So, when Mr. Lee eyeballs his professional future in law, say, five years down the road, what does he see? “I really don’t know,” he says.

What is it with lawyers that want to write fiction? What, not enough masochism in the law for you?

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  1. Will says:

    I read this story too. I have to say, a predictable 50-hour work week with some extra time to have a life sounds damn good to me! I’m not much of a writer, but if this Axiom could find me a similar gig, I’d call them tomorrow!

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