"It's a book that anyone who is--or was--or wants to be--a lawyer (or anyone who knows a lawyer) should read...I'm recommending it to all of my students, and to my friends practicing law, and even to my husband, who prides himself on NOT being a lawyer. --ConcurringOpinions.com
"Well researched, positive, and clearly written, this is an important book for the bar. Essential for lawyers and law students." --Library Journal
"The citing of a poll of American attorneys, in which seven out of ten said that they would choose other careers if they were starting out, might suggest that the law is best avoided. But for those in the profession, solutions are to be found-and they're in The Happy Lawyer.
Best to buy it for anyone you think may need it."--The Times
"Solid researchers, the authors provide countless statistics about the state of [lawyers'] happiness and prospects for finding it in the future...With a generation of younger lawyers changing jobs at high rates and the high cost of the turnover, law firms would do well to consider the clearly identifiable factors set forth in this book...How important is it to be happy? If you are curious about the answer or about how to increase the happiness in your life or that of your firm, The Happy Lawyer
is a worthwhile read."--The Nebraska Lawyer
"Although law is one of the nation's best paid and most influential occupations, only about half of lawyers report being satisfied with their work. In this insightful and engaging book, Nancy Levit and Douglas Linder explain why. They comprehensively review the growing research on happiness to provide crucial insights about how lawyers can improve the quality of their professional lives. This book should be a required text for every law student, every law firm leader, and every practitioner who wants to find greater fulfillment in a legal career."---Deborah Rhode, Director, Stanford Center on the Legal Profession and author of The Beauty Bias
"In this important, insightful book, Nancy Levit and Douglas Linder have successfully unpacked the mystery of why so many lawyers seem to be living lives of silent desperation. In doing so, they offer many and varied paths to lawyer happiness. The Happy Lawyer's
thoughtful analysis and practical prescriptions are a must-read for every lawyer, as well as for anyone considering attending law school."--Greg Castanias, Partner, Jones Day
"This superb work in an invaluable guide for a profession that, sadly, suffers from chronic unhappiness and lack of fulfillment. Like Harold Kushner's Living a Life that Matters
and the Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living,
this work offers clear, practical advice that can truly transform a person's life and career."--Robert Klonoff, Dean and Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School
"This new book will become essential reading for law professors advising their students on career paths in this new economy." --Paul M. Secunda, Associate Professor of Law,
Marquette Univ. Law School
About the Author
Nancy Levit, the Curators' and Edward D. Ellison Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, is the author of The Gender Line: Men, Women, and the Law.
Douglas O. Linder is the Elmer N. Powell Peer Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.