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Jim Hjort

The miserable, job-hating attorney is an enduring stereotype. It’s likely that you know some of these in the flesh, if you aren’t one yourself. I know that I’ve encountered unhappy attorneys in my personal life, and I work with many of them in my professional life.

But then again, complaining about one’s job seems to be our national pastime—one that cuts across occupations. Not to mention, there are plenty of lawyers who like their jobs. So is there anything to this idea that attorneys are more likely than most to be miserable with their careers?

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