What is a Successful Legal Career?
Here's an excellent article by Ellen Ostrow about career satisfaction:
"According to this research, after beginning law school, students shift from values related to helping and community to external rewards such as money and recognition. The data indicate a general loss of sense of personal purpose. These changes are accompanied by increases in depression, anxiety and negative mood – changes that persist beyond the law school years.
"Krieger’s research also indicates that success in law school measured by grades exacerbates the longer-term negative effects of law school. More “successful” students become more attracted to extrinsically oriented jobs and away from the service motivations with which they began law school. These findings have been replicated at multiple law schools and similar results have been found by other legal scholars."
How do you define a successful legal career?