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The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law [Format Kindle]

Nancy Levit , Douglas O. Linder

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There is something for everyone in Nancy Levit and Douglas Linder's book The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law...if there is a single big message to take away from all the books, it is to live a life in accordance with your own values (David Griffiths, Law Society Gazette)

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You get good grades in college, pay a small fortune to put yourself through law school, study hard to pass the bar exam, and finally land a high-paying job in a prestigious firm. You're happy, right? Not really. Oh, it beats laying asphalt, but after all your hard work, you expected more from your job. What gives?
The Happy Lawyer examines the causes of dissatisfaction among lawyers, and then charts possible paths to happier and more fulfilling careers in law. Eschewing a one-size-fits-all approach, it shows how maximizing our chances for achieving happiness depends on understanding our own personality types, values, strengths, and interests.
Covering everything from brain chemistry and the science of happiness to the workings of the modern law firm, Nancy Levit and Doug Linder provide invaluable insights for both aspiring and working lawyers. For law students, they offer surprising suggestions for selecting a law school that maximizes your long-term happiness prospects. For those about to embark on a legal career, they tell you what happiness research says about which potential jobs hold the most promise. For working lawyers, they offer a handy toolbox--a set of easily understandable steps--that can boost career happiness. Finally, for firm managers, they offer a range of approaches for remaking a firm into a more satisfying workplace.
Read this book and you will know whether you are more likely to be a happy lawyer at age 30 or age 60, why you can tell a lot about a firm from looking at its walls and windows, whether a 10 percent raise or a new office with a view does more for your happiness, and whether the happiness prospects are better in large or small firms.
No book can guarantee a happier career, but for lawyers of all ages and stripes, The Happy Lawyer may give you your best shot.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 519 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 302 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0195392329
  • Editeur : Oxford University Press; Édition : 1 (23 juin 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003SX0S26
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read for Anyone Considering Law School, In Law School, or Already Practicing Law 21 juin 2010
Par Subpop - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a lawyer and long-time law professor, I've known far too many lawyers and law students suffering from unhappiness and even depression about their career choice. Law professors Nancy Levit and Douglas Linder have come to the rescue with an excellent, eye-opening book about lawyer happiness, jammed with creative ideas, backed by rock-solid research, for helping lawyers map a path toward greater happiness. It turns out that a lot of research has been done about happiness. Levit and Linder assemble it expertly in a highly readable, thought-provoking package. Many of the research findings are surprising. Did you know that graduates of fourth-tier law schools report the highest degree of happiness? That contrary to people's beliefs, income has only a small correlation to happiness? That the older lawyers get, the happier they become with their jobs and careers? Everyone considering law school should read this book before making their final decision. Everyone already in law school should read this book in plotting their career course. Everyone who is already a lawyer should read it to take stock of their careers with a view toward improving their lives. This is an important book.
18 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 An interesting read for those considering law; a trite read for those in law 9 février 2012
Par spudrot - Publié sur Amazon.com
The book starts off with an interesting overview on happiness in general. From there, the authors cover law school, happiness as a lawyer and even how a firm can keep its lawyers happy. The target audience for this book should be those considering entering the field of law or those who are currently in law school because the authors provide a realistic picture of what that student or individual will face, and they don't sugarcoat it (and I applaud this fact).

For those who have been practising law for several years, this book will offer little insight to becoming 'the happy lawyer'. Given the high rate of depression and suicide among lawyers, it is no wonder that lawyers are inondated with articles on happiness in law, in addition to receiving (perhaps unsolicited) advice from others in the profession (lawyers love to talk after all). In light of this, 'The Happy Lawyer' fails to provide insight or advice to a practising lawyer who will find any advice given as trite, and any issues or identifiers of unhappiness as being obvious.

It would have been better had the authors chosen to provide more in-depth advice to one group of lawyers, whether this be the private practise lawyer, the senior associate choosing between partnership or in-house, or perhaps the female lawyer in the male dominated private practise.

Each chapter of this book would get a fantastic review as a stand alone article in a legal magazine; this book as a whole, however, covers too much shallow ground unsuccessfully.

If you are considering law or are in law school and want to know what you're getting into - consider this book. Otherwise, my suggestion would be to read books with more indepth coverage on the topic of happiness and fulfillment, and use your analytical skills to apply it to yourself in the legal profession.
19 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 better for law students than practicing lawyers 16 août 2010
Par Carol C. - Publié sur Amazon.com
As a practicing lawyer, I found this book interesting but a little disconnected. I could never quite tell who the target audience was. The beginning of the book is full of statistical information and information about brain chemistry -- the effects of dopamine, seratonin and oxytocin on happiness,nothing specific to the legal field. Then, the book shifts focus and is directed at law students or prospective law students -- how to choose a law school, the importance of peer groups and faculty, how grads from fourth tier schools are often happier than grads from top schools. Then, parts of the book seem to be directed at practicing lawyers and law firm management.

Although the authors criticize law schools' bias toward large firm placement, the authors, too, seem to focus disproportionately on life in the larger law firms, while encouraging lawyers to follow their passions and choose wisely.

Overall, this is a quick, interesting read, full of data and statistics. I think it would be more useful for a law student or prospective law student than a practicing lawyer.
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Front-Line lawyers need not apply 6 décembre 2013
Par R. Lee Barrett - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Happy Lawyer does two things very well. It describes, with a clinical precision, some of the predominant reasons that lawyers tend to be less than satisfied with their chosen profession. Secondly, it describes, on a surface level, some aspirations for lawyers and for mid-sized to large firms which might lead to some measurable improvement in the happiness of effected lawyers.

Beyond that, this work is largely without any practical use or application for those of us toiling away in the trenches every day. Of the few suggestions for improvement made here, nothing seems to be unique, new or ground-breaking. Most of the suggestions bandied about are bumper-sticker philosophy references to finding some meaningful work as a lawyer. Most of the issues raised here are the stuff of 1990's era ABA headlines. Even with the 2010 copyright date, this book doesn't really seem to address the issues pertinent to the majority of today's attorneys: crippling student loans, the continuing shrinkage of the job market, the growth industry in ginning up malpractice claims and the day-to-day emotional damage that we see (and absorb) from the clients and client issues that continue to charge at us, almost unabated.

This work might be a good primer for a non-lawyer that is married to, or considering marrying, an attorney. For those of us that don't work in BigLaw and are seeking practical advice, I would look elsewhere.
11 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Happy Lawyer 9 août 2010
Par Trial Judge - Publié sur Amazon.com
I was a happy lawyer. However, I stumbled onto many of the tips and advice found in this well-researched and revealing book. How nice it would have been to have it available as I was preparing for a career or in the early days as a young lawyer. Unfortunately, many new lawyers are not as lucky as I. This book will eliminate the stumbling for those in law school and many more in the spring of their careers.

A great read and essential for those thinkng about a career in law or those who find themselves disenchanted in their present circumstance.
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