Survey: “Doing meaningful work” tops lawyers’ list of greatest legal career concerns

LawyersLawyers are more concerned with making an impact than getting ahead financially, a recent survey from Robert Half Legal suggests.

Lawyers were asked, “What is your primary career concern?” Their responses include:
  • Doing meaningful work—26%
  • Benefits (e.g., healthcare or retirement)—20%
  • Career growth or professional development—18%
  • Compensation—14%
  • Job stability—11%
  • Health of my company (e.g., new clients/business generation, beating competition)—2%
  • Other—1%
  • None/don’t know/no answer—8%
The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a premier legal staffing firm specializing in the placement of lawyers, paralegals and other highly skilled legal professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on 350 telephone interviews with lawyers in the United States and Canada: 175 of the respondents are employed at law firms with 20 or more employees and 175 are employed at companies with 1,000 or more employees.

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