“You can actually go to court, and change a person’s life.”

A once fresh-faced junior lawyer joined Singapore’s judicial system with big dreams of helping people, but ended up helpless in her own mental breakdown.

The crushing demands of being a lawyer are widely known, but what pushed her over the edge was the often-silenced toxic workplace behaviours. With the record numbers of young lawyers leaving the profession, she reflects on how the legal industry can better serve its own people.

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