Friday, February 11, 2011
The study of happiness among the practitioners of the professions has become a visible trend. The February 2011 issue of the ABA Journal is in step with the trend. It offers two articles of interest. The first is the cover story: “Why I Love Being a Lawyer,” in which 17 lawyers briefly tell us why they love being lawyers. The second is “Hunting Happy: In Grim Times, a Search for Joy in Law Practice Gains Ground,” by Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple. Becky Beaupre Gillespie is a journalist and Hollee Schwartz Temple is Director of the Legal Writing program at the West Virginia University College of Law.
A sidebar lists five myths about happy lawyers:
1. There aren’t any.
2. High pay leads to happiness.
3. You can’t make an unhappy job better
4. Law firms eat you up and spit you out. (partially true)
5. You’re stuck.