“Some aspect of legal culture encourages overwork—an aspect most prevalent in the large corporate law firms, known collectively as Big Law. Survey after survey tells us that Big Law associates are unhappy. By some measures, they collectively constitute the least happy workers in the U.S.,” says Law Professor Stephen L. Carter of Yale University (tinyurl.com/zzgo8mt). He concludes that it is not compensation or job content that is the primary cause of this unhappiness—it’s the hours.
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