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New lawyers facing ‘a depression’ says Wisconsin state bar

A report says some new lawyers are feeling ‘suicidal’ and ‘terrified’ by the job market and economic strains

For many aspiring lawyers, the current job market is daunting — there’s a reason U.S. law school first-year enrollment dropped by 11 percent in just the last year alone. But less reported on is what happens when new lawyers finally do find a job: Are they happy?

A new study from the Wisconsin state bar says no. In fact, according to the report, more young lawyers are facing depression-related symptoms and economic strain than ever before. Attorney Arthur Harrington, co-chair of a Wisconsin state bar task force created to study the issue, says new lawyers “are facing a depression, both economically and emotionally.”

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