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.