The Chicago Tribune spoke to some Stanford Law School students who are trying to change the workaholic culture of the legal profession. The article centered on the efforts of the group Building a Better Legal Profession.
The goal of these students is not unique: increase the numbers of women and minorities in the legal profession, and foster a better work/life balance for attorneys in large firms. Their criticism of the legal profession, however, is not unique: firms pay obscene amounts of money to fresh graduates with no experience so that they do not have to make commitments to diversity or promoting work/life balance.
But will these student groups and others like them make any real progress for the large majority of newly minted lawyers, or will they simply help graduates of top law schools like Stanford have an even cushier existence while the vast majority of law school graduates are forced to do the work associates won’t do for less pay?
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