Lawyer Burnout and Anxiety: How to Recognize and Prevent Lawyer Burnout

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Summary: Many lawyers suffer from job-related stress and anxiety, and few combat it well.

Lawyer Burnout and Anxiety: How to Recognize and Prevent Lawyer Burnout
  • Anxiety: It could literally kill a lawyer.
  • Burnout: This also could kill a lawyer.
  • So what happens if you quit, or should you even consider quitting?
  • Maybe, but not until you read the alternatives offered in this article.

Law is a difficult profession. It demands nearly everything a purveyor of all things legal can give. After that, the law profession demands even more.

This is especially true of young associate lawyers, particularly those young associates who are in their first through third year of practice until then hopefully, they graduate to a more senior level of lawyer. But even at that point, the practice of law grows no easier.

40-hour workweeks are reserved for someone else’s dream job. For the typical BigLaw lawyer, 60 to 80 hours of billable time is the expected norm.

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