The American Bar Foundation has been tracking the careers of almost 5,000 law grads for a project called After The JD. The $1.8 million study keeps the
lab rats law grads from the class of 2000 under a microscope for 12 years after graduation to track the development of their careers, relationships, and basic ability to run the maze that is life in the law.
The ABA Journal reports that a survey of the group found that a whopping 76% were “either extremely or moderately satisfied with their decision to become an attorney.”
That’s a good amount of satisfaction. But does it mean that one in four is miserable about having become an attorney? And the ABA Journal says the interviews for the survey were conducted in 2007. With the recent turmoil in the industry, we wonder if those results hold up. How’s your satisfaction these days?
More intel on the class of 2000 (and the migration away from Biglaw), after the jump.
Some of the other major results from the study. From the ABA Journal, survey says:
As often found in these studies, women don’t make as much as men. But the pay gap narrowed since the last survey of this group in 2002, said those running the study, mainly because more men than women moved to jobs in the lower-paying public sector.
After the JD [American Bar Foundation]
76% of Young Lawyers Glad They’re Attorneys, Study Finds [ABA Journal via TaxProf Blog]