Lower-earning lawyers are happier than BigLaw


By Melissa Lesh

17 March 2014 at 12:24 BST


BigLaw lawyers are less happy than their peers in public-service jobs whilst judges are the happiest of all lawyers.

BigLaw lawyers are less happy than their peers in public-service jobs. PromesaArtStudio

A study by Floriday State Unversity of 7800 bar members across four US states found that autonomy, the feeling of competence and interaction with others were most important to a lawyer’s mood and life satisfaction.  In contrast, money, grades, and “prestige” jobs such as working in large firms or in corporate had a negative effect.  Judges and public-service lawyers are the happiest whilst attorneys in general practice, private criminal defence, and family law are the least satisfied.

Source: ABA Journal 

 
   
 
 
 

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