Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
Life Arts

I Object (To My Career) Identifying Proper "Fit" Can Save Money and Time--For Attorneys and Law Firms

By       Message Mark Levin       (Page 1 of 3 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   2 comments

Related Topic(s): , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 12/4/15

Author 504153
- Advertisement -

I have a confession: I was an unhappy attorney.

I know, that's fodder for a new generation of "Did you hear about the lawyer . . ." zingers, but let me take this in a different, serious direction.

- Advertisement -

Career satisfaction in the legal industry is extremely low and threatens to decline even more. The consequences of this pattern are wide reaching, affecting prospective and current students in law school, practicing attorneys, and law firms themselves.

- Advertisement -

The question is, How can this trend be reversed?

Before answering, let's examine the landscape. Recent studies show that the top 400 law firms in the United States incur $9.5 billion in turnover costs annually and are burdened by an attorney attrition rate of higher than 17 percent.

Multiple national surveys show that approximately half of all lawyers would not choose to enter the law profession if they had to do it over again. Nearly six out of 10 lawyers leave law firms before their fifth year of practice.

- Advertisement -

Reasons for this widespread dissatisfaction vary, from long hours to stressful nature of the business, to the frequent tedium of the work itself, and a mountain of student debt that needs to be paid off.

As one of those who was not happy at all--so much so that I was looking for an exit even before learning that I had passed the bar exam--I couldn't get my arms around how it could've reached this point.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Chicago's Mark Levin is a "recovering attorney" who spent nearly 20 years in the legal industry in roles ranging from full-time practice to managing the business of a law firm to coaching business development strategies for firms and (more...)
 

Mark Levin Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Related Topic(s): , Add Tags
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Is Law School Really for Me?

I Object (To My Career) Identifying Proper "Fit" Can Save Money and Time--For Attorneys and Law Firms