Study of Lawyers Shows You Really Can’t Buy Happiness…

Don’t tell the boss, but it seems that lawyers who earn less are happier! At least those working in public interest settings report being happier than those in the pressure-cooker of BigLaw. “Lawyers With Lowest Pay Report More Happiness” discusses how the factors lawyers most frequently associate with success do not actually correlate with happiness and well-being. A survey of 6,200 lawyers found that lawyers in public-service positions were more likely to report being happy than those with high incomes and prestigious law-firm jobs. Lawyers doing public-service work also reported drinking less alcohol.

You can read the full New York Times article here. For some added and insightful discussion on this topic, take a look at the comments section.

The ABA Journal coverage includes a link to the study, published in the George Washington Law Review.

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