The CEL News Feed highlighted an opinion piece by recent Berkeley Law grad Michael Serota in the National Law Journal(http://www.cuttingedgelaw.com/newsfeed/make-job-satisfaction-priority-na... ). In the article, Serota asserts law schools need to help students align personal values with professional values - it's almost like he's read my blog!
Last week a friend told me he was thinking about going to law school to study elder law and probate law, and his reasons would resonate with any collaborative practitioner. My advice was that he was a step ahead of the curve for knowing why he'd want to be a lawyers, and as long as he was able to keep his head and heart together without succumbing to the stressful competitive mindset he'd probably find law school a breeze.
I think law school could be a much more positive experience for lawyers-to-be, looked back upon fondly as a time of personal growth rather than as an ordeal or grueling rite of passage.
Based on these findings, law schools can no longer ignore their moral obligation to produce healthy and satisfied lawyers. It is self-evident that they should begin educating law students on the topic of professional satisfaction by elucidating the importance of making career decisions based on their professional values. By helping them identify their professional values and make individual career decisions that correspond to those values, law schools can help lawyers and law students derive satisfaction from their professional lives.