“Associate attorneys stated they felt most unhappy with their company culture,” [Career Bliss CEO Heidi] Golledge says. “In many cases, law firms are conducted in a structured environment that is heavily centered on billable hours. It may take several years for an associate attorney to rise to the rank of partner. People in this position rated the way they work and the rewards they receive lower than any other industry.”
Unhappy though associate attorneys may be, surely the ranks of law school grads unable to obtain an associate position are unhappier still. They might look into becoming a real estate agent, the job that came in as #1 in happiness.