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Recipe for a happy law career: avoid big firms

The U.Va. law school class of 1990 has been under a microscope, of sorts.  Now we get the lab report.

A newly-released study of job and life satisfaction for the law class showed that both career satisfaction and life satisfaction were high, with 81% of the respondents satisfied with their decision to become a lawyer, and 86% satisfied with their lives more broadly, according to an abstract.

The only dark spot seemed to be dissatisfaction with work at big firms.  “Working conditions at large private law firms emerged as a significant problem for many respondents; half of those who started their careers in large firms left to go to a different type of employer.”

The ABA Journal has additional details of the study, performed by a U.Va. law school psychologist and a Duke medical sociologist.

By Peter Vieth

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