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A Puzzling Paradox: Social Origins, Law School Tier, and Lawyer Job Satisfaction

Winter 2007

Researching Law, Vol. 18, No. 1

In an analysis of data from the After the JD study, the first national survey of lawyer careers, ABF’s Ronit Dinovitzer and Bryant Garth employ a new approach to study the job satisfaction of law graduates. In a forthcoming article, they report on new lawyers’ job and career satisfaction and mobility plans, and they investigate the interesting finding that graduates of the most elite law schools report notably lower levels of satisfaction than do lawyers who received their JDs from the less selective institutions. They discuss the specifics of their findings in this edition of Researching Law.