Paul L. Caron

Thursday, February 14, 2019

University Of Virginia Law School Class Of 1990 Reports 91% Life Satisfaction

Virginia Law (2019)Grads Report 91% Life Satisfaction:

Graduates of the University of Virginia School of Law reported 91 percent career and life satisfaction in a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies [Lawyers at the Peak of Their Careers: A 30‐Year Longitudinal Study of Job and Life Satisfaction].

Law Professor John Monahan, the John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, has tracked the progress of members of the Law School’s Class of 1990 for almost 30 years.

In his most recent installment of the longitudinal study, a total of 91 percent of respondents said they felt satisfied with their lives, ranging from “average satisfaction” to “very highly satisfied.” What’s more, their happiness has risen over time. In 2007, 86 percent reported feeling satisfied. The average age of participants in 2017 was 53.

The findings cut against the image — cast by popular culture and, Monahan suggests, some suspect high-profile research — that lawyers are a largely unhappy bunch, relatively more prone than other similar professionals to depression, substance abuse and suicide. ...

In terms of their careers, respondents said both the prestige of the Law School and the training it provided made a large difference in their work lives. Eighty-eight percent agreed or strongly agreed that the school “prepared me well for my legal career,” while 92 percent agreed or strongly agreed the school’s prestige was a benefit.

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How is this not mostly a study in survivor bias?

Posted by: Anand Desai | Feb 16, 2019 11:22:56 AM

Well, yeah. Tuition in 1996* at UVA was only $12,030, so one imagines that tuition between 1987 and 1990 was comfortably under $10k/year. And they got to ride the great economy of the 1990s. I'd be happy, too. Interesting how 92% point to prestige as a benefit, isn't it? It's almost as if that's an important thing in the legal profession.

*The earliest year captured by Law School Tuition Bubble

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Feb 14, 2019 10:39:54 PM