Become A Happier Lawyer…

An 8 week online course giving you the tools you will need to tackle the challenges of life in the law while building a career that you love.

The next course intake commences on
Monday 22 January 2018


Research the world over is showing us that lawyers are unhappy in very large numbers. Here in Australia, current research suggests that one in three lawyers will experience depression at some stage during their careers. For anyone practicing in law or considering it in their future, this statistic is both overwhelming and so very sad. We are often hearing of the high risks of depression and anxiety but so little is said of how the ‘unhappy’ lawyer can become ‘happy’ again.  The thing is a ‘Happy’ Lawyer is more productive at work, better able to manage stress and better at their business so why wouldn’t we all want to be ‘happier’ lawyers.

Who is this course for ...


★ A lawyer- whether brand new, experienced or an old hat!


★ Struggling to get to work

★ Worrying about how you will tackle another year as a lawyer

★ Questioning why you chose this profession in the first place

★ Looking for a new burst of energy; and

★ Wanting to grow your law firm or personal brand while becoming a happier lawyer

Then The Happy Lawyer Happy Life Course Is For You!


★ A clear understanding of the drivers of unhappiness in law (and how you can manage them!)

★ A business or career plan tailored to your goals

★ Weekly learning modules designed to help you make changes in your law life to improve your happiness

★ Access to an exclusive community of fellow ‘happy lawyers’ to keep you accountable to your goals

★ 3 online live workshops to deep dive into the course content

If you want to become a happier lawyer, then this program is for you.

THE COURSE starts ..

Monday 22 January 2018


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Sunday 31 December 2017
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Have there been moments in your career when you have considered throwing in the law towel? I know I have been there and the more lawyers I speak with, the more I have come to realise I am not alone. These moments arise when we are feeling tired, overwhelmed and unappreciated, those times in life when you have given everything to your career, to the detriment of yourself.

I have never regretted my decision to study law. But I have often regretted the impact that I have allowed the practice of law to have on my life. It is this sense of regret, which I have come to accept, understand and manage, that has inspired this course.


No matter your age or stage of career ‘unhappiness’ is something many of us lawyers have to manage.

There is a strong chance that some of the passion and purpose that brought you here – that desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others – has started to fall away as your days in your office are filled with full intrays and inboxes and managing client conflicts and unhappy colleagues. I expect that your work life has become a little blurry, and probably very busy, with so much going on that you can’t tell me in detail just what you did today. And there is a good chance that if I asked you to tell me the last time you actually felt like you made a positive difference in the life of another person, you would have to pause, think hard and search back a little way. It probably seems like forever ago that you really felt great in your work.

The thing is, I bet even today something you have done at work has had a positive impact in the world – the difficulty right now is that you won’t have noticed it. You have not trained your brain to look for and see these moments. Instead, your brain is very focused on what needs to be done, what is on that to-do list, and what you have to get through to make sure you can hit those billable targets. I expect that same brain is the one you take home with you and, sadly, it doesn’t come with an off switch. So at home, you probably find you are distracted, worrying about work and planning tomorrow rather than living today.


Just what amounts to happiness is different for all of us but there are some common themes- a feeling of contentment, a sense of belonging, purpose and meaning. Many studies have shown that being ‘happy’ improves all aspects of our lives. The University of Berkeley’s ‘Greater Good Science Centre’- one of the world’s leading ‘happiness research centres’ reports that happy people-

★ are healthier
★ have improved relationships with others
★ are more productive at work
★ cope better with stress
★ are more creative

So why wouldn’t we all want to be happier lawyers?

I can find hundreds of articles on why lawyers are unhappy. But I find so few that tell me how the unhappy lawyer can become happy again. Among those that I have found, many seem to suggest that happiness is found when lawyers leave the practice of the law and follow their passion – their dreams outside of the law. But what about the unhappy lawyer whose passion is the law? What if they don’t necessarily want to leave but, rather, want to find happiness in the position that they have worked so many years to achieve, enjoying their life at the same time? Why is that impossible?

The thing is, as a lawyer, an employer, a colleague and a friend, I don’t want good lawyers leaving the law! I want my profession to be full of great lawyers – those who are actively leaving a positive mark on the lives of those around them. And I know that for great lawyers to stay in this profession, they will need to find happiness – a sense of purpose, contentment and belonging.

So to ensure great lawyers are staying in law I have put together this 8 week program designed to give you the tools you will need to make the best of your career in the law and live a happy life at the same time.

“ I was extremely fortunate to be one of a small group of lawyers to learn about the world of personal branding and social media with Clarissa. The learnings developed via weekly updates, homework and workshops were invaluable.

Clarissa’s constant enthusiasm, encouragement and sharing her considerable experience, creates a truly inspiring environment – one which brought people together and created accountability to achieve their individual goals.

With Clarissa’s encouragement, I have been able to establish my own website and blog, something which had been a goal of mine for some time, but prior to the learnings from Clarissa, seemed overwhelming.

Clarissa is a gifted educator who has been able to break down the steps required and offer support and encouragement every step of the way. I highly recommend the course to all lawyers wanting to be happier and set goals for the New Year. ”

Fiona Caulley
Lawyer Brisbane


For 8 weeks you will be hanging out with a supportive community of fellow ‘mostly happy lawyers’ who are all focused on making the best of their careers in 2018.

All you will need is an email address, a laptop, a Facebook account and about an hour a week to work your way through some fun activities and modules! If you are a Facebook user like me then all the better as for the duration of the course our secret ‘Happy Lawyer Course’ Facebook group will be full of updates, troubleshooting and accountability.

It is the accountability that makes stuff happen and ‘The Happy Lawyer Course group’ will ensure you have the best chance of finding a renewed passion for your law career.


We are all different and my concepts of happiness may not be the same as yours.  In this week’s module you will work out just what your personal goals are when it comes to being a ‘Happier Lawyer’.

Thanks to modern science we are surrounded by wonderful advances in research showing us just what is happening inside our bodies and our brains when we are unhappy.  In this week’s module you will look more closely at the impact of ‘unhappiness’ on your mind and body and start to make changes in your daily routines to improve your happiness

The traditional practice of law does not sit well with a healthy life style. Working 16 hour days tied to a desk and computer does not leave much room for healthy eating, regular movement or the necessary sleep that our brains need to function at their best. In this module you will consider what changes you can make each day to ensure your health is a priority.

A happy lawyer has a positive, mindful and ‘glass half full’ attitude (most of the time!). They have the capacity to see the good in most situations, are grateful for the opportunities their career has given them and are mindful- living in the moment and enjoying life for what it is. In this module you will learn new skills helping you to find that positive mindset and better manage stress.

A happy lawyer pursues their passions every day and most have passions that sit well outside the law. In this module you will look at how you can work some of your own passions into your everyday life to improve your happiness.

It doesn’t take long working long days in the law to lose sight of the reasons that brought you here in the first place. In this module you will get clear on your purpose and how that connects with your career- a key to maintaining happiness in your work.

You are a person first and a lawyer second but it is easy to lose sight of just who you are in a career full of tradition and stereotypes. In this module you will map out just who ‘you’ are as a person and how you can bring that to work in 2017.

In the final week you will bring all of your new skills and knowledge together to map out and implement your career and business plan.

“ I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, Clarissa in her specialised course focussing on all things happiness in life and law (something I really wish had been around in my very early career).
Learning about personal branding, building one’s business, and maintaining a consistent level of happiness in and out of law, from someone I have admired for many years, has been a wonderful experience. It has been enormously beneficial not only to my professional life, but has also made a significant difference in my personal life.

As I navigate this “new world” of combining law and parenting, and adjusting to these competing priorities – particularly the transition to full-time lawyer with three small humans – the workshops and conversations held in the private group were invaluable. They created the accountability I needed on a weekly basis to enable me to identify and work towards my goals – what does a happy life look like to me, and how do I make it happen?!
One of the things I enjoyed the most during the course was the environment created by all group members, and which allowed us all to be candid and supportive about our experiences in law or life, which is so uncommon – but so necessary!

I have learned so much from Clarissa, from her positive approach to life in and out of law to the example she provides every day as a wonderful reminder that there is no “right” path to an enjoyable career in law, and one does certainly not to follow the “traditional” path.

With Clarissa’s knowledge and support, I have reduced the overwhelm associated with identifying what a happy career path looks like for me; and have since (successfully!) redirected my practice in a way that aligns with my personal and professional values.

I encourage lawyers to not only participate, but fully engage in this course – particularly those who are wanting to identify what it is that makes them happy in life and how to incorporate that into their daily life!”

Megan Sweetlove
Lawyer South Australia


★ Access to the 8 week online program

★ Delivery each week to your inbox of your weekly lesson – in the format of webinars, videos and printable resources

★ Membership to the exclusive Happy Lawyer Course Facebook group – share ideas, keep accountable, and iron out any bumps along the road

★ Weekly workbook – have a clear purpose and plan, track your progress, maintain your success

★ Access to 3 online workshops to further understand the course content

★ Complimentary copy of the book– Happy Lawyer, Happy Life- How to be happy in law and in life

Get started today ...

course price

22 January 2018 onwards
$ 949
  • one-time payment

early bird

before 22 January 2018
$ 799
  • one-time payment
limited time


$1,032 total
$ 129
  • weekly for 8 weeks


If you are still not sure if the Happy Lawyer Happy Life Course is for you, book a complimentary phone call with Clarissa to discuss your needs. 


You will get the most from the program if you can work through it with our colleagues- the group will keep you accountable, allow you the chance to form new relationships and be a part of a group of fellow lawyers that will make you feel ‘happier’.  You can work through the weekly modules at any time and all live online events will be recorded so you can access them whenever you want to.

Yes, if you have a group of 4 or more for the club program or 2 or more for the premium program discounted pricing can be organised as can customised in person workshops.  Please call me to discuss how the program can best work for your team on 07 3862 1955.

Yes- the Happy Lawyer Happy Life program is for lawyers from anywhere in the world, you do not need to be based in Australia.

The short answer should be yes- most of our Australian Law Societies now provide for Compulsory Professional Development to be self assessed.  You should review your individual Societies guidelines for self assessment.

Have A Question?

If you are still not sure if the Happy Lawyer Happy Life Course is for you, book a complimentary phone call with Clarissa here to discuss your needs.  

Who Am I?

My name is Clarissa Rayward, I am the Director of Brisbane Family Law Centre and I am now a ‘mostly’ happy lawyer- but it wasn’t always this way.  A few years ago I found myself ready to throw in the law towel as I was a deeply unhappy lawyer.

I was not waking up and bouncing out of bed to get to the office; I was actively looking for reasons not to have to be there. I was finding myself struggling to do things in my job that I had been doing for years – even the simple stuff was becoming tedious and hard.  I was spending most of my time worrying, and most of that worry was focused not on what I felt or thought but on what others would think, feel or say about me. I was, in turn, distracted in my marriage, feeling disconnected from my daughter and finding my friendships becoming harder to enjoy. I describe this as me feeling ‘unhappy’.

Rather than throwing in that law towel I made a decision to change my approach to my life in law.  Over the next 2 years I actively made changes that have resulted in me finding a way to stay in this career and largely be ‘happy’ again.

As I began to write, talk and share my own challenges with unhappiness I started to hear from many other lawyers, just like you, who were also looking for new and better ways to stay in the law, be great lawyers and manage to lead a great life all at the same time.  I soon realised I was not alone and I wanted to do something to ensure that the many great lawyers around me were not also finding themselves deeply unhappy and leaving the law.  And so with some help from a few friends I launched a podcast- Happy Lawyer Happy Life- where each week I interview fellow lawyers to open a dialogue on just what it has taken for them to find happiness in this challenging career.  And I wrote a book by the same name- sharing my research and learnings on happiness as a lawyer.

And then a few lawyers asked me if I could ‘teach’ them what I did and voila- after a trial run with some friends, I created this course designed to help you better manage your law career and find happiness along the way.

I am a lawyer who is just like you- I have worked hard to get where I am and want to ensure that I can stay in this profession for many years to come but have a great life with my family and friends along the way.

Chances are if you are reading this you are feeling some (or all!) of what I felt a few years ago.  If so, come and join me in January 2018 as I take you through the tools you will need to kickstart 2018 a Happier Lawyer.