What Makes Lawyers Happy?

In the report, “What Makes Lawyers Happy? Transcending the Anecdotes with Data from 6200 Lawyers,” authors Lawrence S. Krieger and Kennon M. Sheldon report on their recently conducted study to determine just that…what actually does make lawyers happy?

A great deal of attention has been focused on the disproportionate number of unhappy lawyers compared to other professions. Recognizing the need for empirical data on who is happy in the legal profession and why, Krieger and Sheldon sought to find correlations between various factors and lawyer well-being. Interestingly, the results indicate that priorities are often misplaced; many factors stressed to students and lawyers as well as stressed over by the same, such as income and prestige, are only modest predictors of happiness compared to many of the more marginalized factors that erode during law school such as personal autonomy.

The results provided in this report are intended to influence legal educators and employers and provide practical guidance to those seeking to improve the well-being of law students and lawyers.

To access the report, click here.

The State Bar of Wisconsin covered the study in their publication, Wisconsin Lawyer. You can access the article here.

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