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.”