Are lawyers more miserable than general population?
Posted Feb 20, 2013 7:09 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
The conventional wisdom is that lawyers are a cynical, miserable lot.
Now a positive psychology guru who teaches at Duke Law School is seeking to dispel that notion. Writing as a guest blogger for the Careerist, Dan Bowling says lawyers aren’t so miserable after all.
Lawyers are generally satisfied with their lives, reporting rates of well-being that are about the same as the general population, Bowling says. On a bell curve, most lawyers report life satisfaction around the middle. Students entering law school are even happier, reporting well-being that is above average. Does the law school experience change their outlook? Bowling will be studying 3Ls to find the answer.