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Quit Law and Code

A Guide to Transition from Law to App Development

About the Book

Based on the author's own experience, this guide will help you form an exit strategy for leaving law to become a paid, professional, software developer. 

This book breaks down the fastest path for a successful career shift into software development and features interviews from other self taught developers who successfully made the transition. 

Table of Contents 

- Preface 

- Just Quit 

- Why Software Development 

- Can You Do This? 

- Finding a Transitory Job 

- The Fastest Way to Employment 

- Is There Another Path? 

- Different “Technology Stacks” 

- Shopping List 

- Freelancing 

- The Action Plan 

- The Technical Interview 

- Congratulations 

About the Author

Will Ha
Will Ha

Now a full time software developer specializing in iOS development, Will Ha works for a consulting firm on a variety native mobile products. Prior to making the shift, he was an associate at a defense side litigation firm for two years after graduating from law school in 2008 - in the midst of the great recession. He was also a woodworker, a solo criminal law attorney, and a buyer in retail - all short lived before seeing the software path.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Just Quit
    • Aftermath and Logistics
  • Interview with Law Professor Judson Mitchell
  • Chapter 2: Why Software Development?
    • Career Trajectory
    • Your Background as an Asset
    • Geographic Freedom
    • Job Security
    • Being Part of the Changing Economy
    • Comparing Software Development with Law
    • The X Factors?
  • Interview with Dennis Cahillane
  • Chapter 3: Can You Do This?
    • Coding is Easy
    • Documentation and Concepts
    • The Timeline
    • What Makes a Good Software Developer?
  • Interview with Danielle Leong
  • Chapter 4: Finding a Transitory Job
  • Interview with Joel Christiansen
  • Chapter 5: The Fastest Way to Employment
    • Shorter Crash Courses
    • A Second Bachelor’s in Computer Science
    • Recommendation
  • Interview with Roy McFarland
  • Chapter 6: Is There Another Path?
    • Codecademy
    • The iOS Apprentice - written by Matthijs Hollemans from Ray Wenderlich
    • Stanford - CS193P
    • Community College Classes in Computer Science
    • My First App - No Forks
    • Entering a Hackathon
  • Chapter 7: Different “Technology Stacks”
    • Web Development
    • Front End Development
    • Back End or Server Side Development
    • Backend Frameworks
    • Native Mobile Development
    • iOS Development
    • Android Development
    • Recommendation
  • Chapter 8: Shopping List
    • A Computer
    • A Secondary or otherwise Primary Monitor
    • A Standing Desk (Optional)
    • Programs and Accounts
    • Books
  • Chapter 9: Freelancing
    • Your Rate
    • Finding Your First Client
    • On Your Skills
    • Billing and Fees
    • Invoicing
    • Taxes
  • Chapter 10: The Action Plan
  • Chapter 11: The Technical Interview
    • Fizz Buzz
    • The Reality
  • Chapter 12: Congratulations

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