The Lawyer reports interesting findings from its salary survey today: only 37% of senior associates say they would pick law as a career again if they had a second chance. There is a downward trend from traineeship (59% saying they would pick law again) to senior associateship, and then a boost at partnership level, with 50% saying they would pick law again.
The survey also asked about long-term career goals at various stages of experience, and the results give an intriguing picture of the ebb and flow of enthusiasm for life in private practice!
As an amusing but perhaps all-too-telling aside, the article starts with the sentence “Four out of 10 senior associates would not choose to become a lawyer again” and one of the related articles to the side is entitled “Four in 10 lawyers fail to take their full holiday entitlement”. Coincidence?
Four out of 10 senior associates would not choose to become a lawyer again, new research from The Lawyer Salary Survey has revealed. Senior associates are the lawyers who regret their career choice most, with only about 37 per cent saying they would take the same path given a second chance. However, being made up gives a significant satisfaction boost, with half of partners saying they would become a lawyer again, and the percentage who regret the decision dropping from 39 per cent to 29 per cent. Trainees are the most happy about their career choice, with 59 per cent saying they would choose to be a lawyer again and just 17 per cent saying they wouldn’t.