Henderson: Survey reveals signs of fundamental change in the legal profession

Author(s): Marilyn Odendahl, The Indiana Lawyer || December 2, 2015

The traditional career path for Indiana attorneys – graduate from law school, become an associate in a law firm, work long hours and eventually become a partner – appears to be broken, or at least cracked.

A survey of the state’s legal community conducted by Indiana Lawyer in September revealed that attorneys in practice for 10 years or less are more likely than their older colleagues to be thinking about switching careers and less likely to encourage others to pursue a career in the law. Among respondents, those working in law firms report the highest level of regret about deciding to practice the law.

“The least attractive place to work right now (for lawyers) in Indiana is in a law firm,” concluded William Henderson, professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

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