The road to a fulfilling law career

Dissatisfaction among working lawyers is not uncommon. In her new book, “The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law,” Nancy Levit and Douglas Linder examine the causes of this unhappiness. The authors then chart possible paths to happier and more fulfilling careers in law. Eschewing a one-size-fits-all approach, it shows how maximizing our chances for achieving happiness depends on understanding our own personality types, values, strengths and interests.

The book, published July 22 by Oxford University Press, covers everything from brain chemistry and the science of happiness to the workings of the modern law firm, providing invaluable insights for both aspiring and working lawyers.

For law students, they offer surprising suggestions for selecting a law school that maximizes your long-term happiness prospects. For those about to embark on a legal career, they tell you what happiness research says about which potential jobs hold the most promise. For working lawyers, they offer a handy toolbox--a set of easily understandable steps--that can boost career happiness. Finally, for firm managers, they offer a range of approaches for remaking a firm into a more satisfying workplace.

"...this is a book about forging a path to a better life for law students and lawyers. We cannot offer any promises—lawyers, of all people, should understand that—but it is our hope that the words that follow will help make your life as a lawyer more satisfying, fulfilling, and, well, happy." (From the authors in the Forward to "The Happy Lawyer.")

About the authors:

Nancy Levit is the Curators’ and Edward D. Ellison Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and is the author of “The Gender Line: Men, Women, and the Law.”

Douglas O. Linder is the Elmer N. Powell Peer Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.