You get good grades in college, pay a small fortune to put yourself through law school, study hard to pass the bar exam, and finally land a high-paying job in a prestigious firm. You're happy, right? Not really. Oh, it beats laying asphalt, but after all your hard work, you expected more from your job. What gives?
The Happy Lawyer examines the causes of dissatisfaction among lawyers, and then charts possible paths to happier and more fulfilling careers in law. Eschewing a one-size-fits-all approach, it shows how maximizing our chances for achieving happiness depends on understanding our own personality types, values, strengths, and interests.
Covering everything from brain chemistry and the science of happiness to the workings of the modern law firm, Nancy Levit and Doug Linder provide invaluable insights for both aspiring and working lawyers. For law students, they offer surprising suggestions for selecting a law school that maximizes your long-term happiness prospects. For those about to embark on a legal career, they tell you what happiness research says about which potential jobs hold the most promise. For working lawyers, they offer a handy toolboxa set of easily understandable stepsthat can boost career happiness. Finally, for firm managers, they offer a range of approaches for remaking a firm into a more satisfying workplace.
Read this book and you will know whether you are more likely to be a happy lawyer at age 30 or age 60, why you can tell a lot about a firm from looking at its walls and windows, whether a 10 percent raise or a new office with a view does more for your happiness, and whether the happiness prospects are better in large or small firms.
No book can guarantee a happier career, but for lawyers of all ages and stripes, The Happy Lawyer may give you your best shot.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Nancy Levit, the Curators' and Edward D. Ellison Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, is the author of The Gender Line: Men, Women, and the Law.
Douglas O. Linder is the Elmer N. Powell Peer Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Table of Contents
1. Are Lawyers Unhappy?
2. Happiness: A Primer
3. What Makes Lawyers Happy and Unhappy
4. The Happiness Toolbox
5. Preparing for a Satisfying Career: The Law School Years
6. What Law Firms Can Do to Make Lawyers Happier
7. Lawyers' Stories
8. Seeking Happier Ground
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If I was independently wealthy, I would buy "The Happy Lawyer" by Levit and Linder for every pre-law student that I've encountered in my career as a pre-law adviser. I love the fact that the authors spend a good portion in the beginning of the book talking about happiness and what makes people happy in life and in their careers. I think many people, whether they are planning on becoming lawyers or not, would find Chapter 2: Happiness: A Primer, and Chapter 4: The Happiness Toolbox, to be useful, helpful and enlightening. The first 4 chapters are a good primer for what's to come--tips and advice on how to be a happier and more successful law student and lawyer. It's been hard to find an interesting, practical, realistic book that is written in an engaging way that I can recommend to pre-law students. (So many books out there about lawyers and lawyering are dense, boring and/or terribly condescending.) After much searching, I think I've finally found the right book. Thank you, Professors Levit and Linder!
This book is research-based so it is authorititive, and it is written in a clear writing style and is enjoyable to read. A must for students contemplating law school, law students, lawyers and law firms who care about the working conditions of lawyers.