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Happy Lawyer, Happy Life

LawCPD Author: Clarissa Rayward
Clarissa Rayward
Director Brisbane Family Law Centre
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Many lawyers are unhappy and leaving the law in large numbers. The purpose of this course is to help lawyers identify their drivers for happiness so they can choose a happy life in the law.

Lawyers are unhappy, disillusioned and leaving the profession in large numbers. Even lawyers who are outwardly the epitome of success often suffer from deep unhappiness rooted in the negative impact that the profession of law has on their lives. We need to find a way to keep great people in the law, and to talk about what it takes to be happy in the law, if we are going to reverse this negative trend.

The purpose of this course is to help you identify your drivers for happiness so that you can make the best of your career in the law and, perhaps more importantly, to find happiness in your life. The course focuses on equipping you with practical tools to improve your happiness in five broad areas – health, attitude, passion, purpose and sense of self. Based on the widely renowned book by Clarissa Rayward (The Happy Family Lawyer), this course is a must for any lawyer looking to be happier in their careers and lives.


Last Reviewed: February 2024

Meet the expert

LawCPD Author: Clarissa Rayward
Clarissa Rayward
Director Brisbane Family Law Centre

Clarissa Rayward is known as ‘The Happy Family Lawyer’, specialising in helping couples work together to reach out-of-court resolutions to their relationship breakdown.

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  1. 5.0/5
    Beneficial course
    Great tips to overcome a feeling of falling out of love with the law
  2. 5.0/5
    A truly great course for everyone
    I enjoyed the entire content and its a recommended course for all lawyers
  3. 5.0/5
    A course like this is really good to make you stop and realign all the bits that are out of alignment!
    It was a really well presented topic and sufficient to make you self reflect.
  4. 5.0/5
    It was a good reminder to have your "WHY" at the forefront of what you do and finding ways to connect it to all aspects of your life.
  5. 5.0/5
    Great Course
    The course was very mindful of the individual lawyer.
  6. 5.0/5
    Good course
    A good course to take to remind yourself to slow down, celebrate your successes and make yourself a priority
  7. 4.0/5
    A+ concise and actually works in practice!
    Easy to understand, and useful not only in law but in life. I felt it was like life coaching for lawyers.
    Excellent course!
  8. 4.0/5
    Useful tips
    I think that everyone can benefit from the advice provided by this course, regardless of where they are in their career.
  9. 4.0/5
    Great reminder about self care
    It was easy to follow, informative and a good reminder how to look after oneself in a most demanding career.
  10. 5.0/5
    Great Course
    Great and simple instructions. Perfect for the topic
  11. 5.0/5
    Love this - just the refresh I needed. Such great advice in this crazy profession of ours
    I feel very positive and happy having completed this course and will refer often to my notes to keep my chin up when I feel defeated or pessimistic. This was by far my favourite CPD unit and timely in a very stressful period of my career. Thank you Clarissa!
  12. 5.0/5
    An important reminder
    We can very easily lose who we are in trying to satisfy the expectations of what a lawyer does or looks like. Finding your passion and keeping it alive and finding what aspects of being a lawyer makes it all worthwhile helps with the work/life balance.
  13. 4.0/5
    This is great course.
    This was a course that I found very easy to navigate, and lots of learning about balancing work with our happiness.
  14. 5.0/5
    Great course with relevant life lessons
    This course is relevant to all lawyers.
  15. 5.0/5
    A great course!
    This course is instructive and thought-provoking. I implemented practices from this course into my workplace and daily routine and still refer to them in conversation with my colleagues. I recommend this course.
  16. 4.0/5
    Technical but enjoyable
    Required more thinking than expected.
  17. 5.0/5
    An excellent and necessary course for life skills and wellbeing.
    As a lawyer and for all aspects of life, the contents of this course are something to reflect upon each day and to consistently put into practice. Our health, physical and mental, our thoughts and attitudes, all greatly impact how our professional and personal lives will go. This course is a timely reminder and a gentle nudge in the direction of happiness. Our profession would be a far more positive and uplifting one if these concepts and skills were put into practice.
  18. 5.0/5
    This is a refreshing course focusing on how legal practitioners can make positive changes in their personal and work lives!
  19. 5.0/5
    Extremely Useful
    Very useful module. Informative and Easy to understand.
  20. 5.0/5
    Good Summary
    Many of the points raised in this I have spent many years picking up. It is a good summary and doing the course helps achieve the goals.
  21. 5.0/5
    Happy Lawyer, Happy Life
    A refreshing reminder to all lawyers of the importance of both living a happy life and recognizing their own unique purposes as a lawyer.
  22. 5.0/5
    Fantastic Content
    Very relevant, practical and current content.