Friday, October 12, 2007

ABA Journal Takes the "Pulse of the Legal Profession"

We posted here in May about U.S. News & World Report naming attorney as one of the "most overrated" careers.  One of the primary reasons given for the designation was a disconnect between what students believe attorneys do and what attorneys actually do.  Now we have a new source to help students become more informed about the legal profession and the impact it may have on their lives. In this month's edition of the ABA Journal, Stephanie Francis Ward publishes the results of a survey of 800 lawyers on "what they think about their lives, their careers and the state of the profession."  Read the results in "Pulse of the Legal Profession" by clicking here

One of the survey's findings was of particular interest to me.  According to the results, while most lawyers feel intellectually stimulated by their work, only 40% would recommend a legal career to another.  Why so low?  One possible explanation offered in the ABA Journal piece is that many students end up in law school "without really wanting to be a lawyer."  Do you agree?--Counseller

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