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Lawyers walk away from legal profession

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Formerly an international trade lawyer, Yael Krigman is just one of the countless runaway lawyers on the loose in Washington. She traded in the courtroom for cake pops.

Krigman went from charging clients $325 an hour to now $2.75 a pop.

"I liked baking more. I liked being my own boss more," she says.

Now, she’s on her way to opening a NW D.C. store front. She's raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign.

And she’s adding to the exodus of lawyers leaving the legal profession.

Sean Wainwright, who runs the D.C. operations for H.Bloom, left law for the floral industry.

"Document review is basically the most soul crushing, boring work a lawyer can do," Wainwright says. "With flower everybody wins. If we do our job we make money. We do a good job and our clients are really happy."

Casey Berman, a "runaway lawyer" himself who walked away from the legal profession, started "Leave Law Behind." Berman helps transition people out of law.

"Many of them just don't have the time, the willpower or the oomph to get started,” Berman says. "But lawyers are very risk averse. That's what they advise their clients, they teach their clients to avoid the risk or clean-up the mess afterwards. "

It's tough to tell just how many 'runaway lawyers are running around Washington, but one in 12 D.C. residents are lawyers. Careerbliss.com says that associate attorney is the most unhappy job in America. and the American Bar Association has said only 55% of attorneys say they are satisfied with their work. The numbers are growing.

"I loved my coworkers. I loved my office,” Krigman says. “I just didn't care for the work so much."

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