Warning: If you are having a happy Friday, you might not want to read these articles.
The ABA Journal email that arrived in my inbox is just chock full of cheerful articles today. The first and most relevant one for our purposes is entitled "Legal Field Is Nation's Most Difficult Field For Job Placement, Employment Website Says." Read it and weep. The site, SimplyHired.com, claims that there is apparently one job opening for every 100 working lawyers. Does that figure include the unemployed attorneys? Probably not, which means the outlook is even worse than they know.
Second, there is an article which discuss women in the workforce. It is called "Survey Reveals Profile of Unhappy Worker: She's Unmarried, 42, and a Lawyer or Doctor."
There are always tons of stories about how unhappy attorneys are in the legal field. That's not to say that ALL attorneys are unhappy. But a field that many people enter by default because they do not know what else to do lends itself to that sort of career dissatisfaction, if they are able to find a legal job at all these days. But I am always suspect when surveys claim that professional women are particularly unhappy. It seems easy to manipulate that data for a political agenda that encourages women to work part time or stay at home all together, as if very many women or men have that luxury nowadays.