Attorney dissatisfaction: is this a new phenomenon? Yes and no. For many years, unhappy associates and young lawyers have gathered behind closed doors to whisper and moan and groan among themselves. So, what is new? Now, it is out in the open. Way out in the open.
Young lawyers voice their complaints online at websites devoted exclusively to them. They also express their dissatisfaction in various published surveys conducted by legal publications and by independent entrepreneurs. Large firm or small, these are issues that have an impact on all associates.
Can the legal profession as a whole successfully address these issues so that associates can realize greater career satisfaction? It is certainly a worthy goal, but if you are dissatisfied, you do not have to continue to complain while waiting for a solution. Complaining can serve a useful purpose, up to a point; you know you are unhappy and vent about it, but, when all is said and done, you are stuck.
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