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The Law School Toolbox Podcast: Tools for Law Students from 1L to the Bar Exam, and Beyond

315 EpisodesProduced by Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess - Law School Toolbox, LLCWebsite

The Law School Toolbox podcast is an engaging show for law students about law school, the bar exam, legal careers, and life. Each week, we offer practical tips and advice on academic matters, careers, and more. The Law School Toolbox podcast is hosted by opinionated law school and bar exam experts A… read more


010: Why are Lawyers so Unhappy?

Are lawyers actually more unhappy than your average professionals, or do they just like to complain a lot? 

Studies have shown that 52% of practicing lawyers are dissatisfied in their careers. They suffer from depression rates 3.6 times higher than other professions. The divorce rate is higher among lawyers and especially among female lawyers.

Are you doomed to misery as a lawyer?

In this episode, we discuss why the profession is so messed up, and what you can do to shield yourself against the worst aspects of the legal profession. We talk about:

  • Why lawyers are so unhappy
  • Whether there's a link between pay and job satisfaction
  • What intrinsic factors in the profession contribute to the widespread misery?
  • "Phantom Blackberry syndrome" after leaving BigLaw
  • Has technology made these problems worse?
  • Perfectionism in the legal profession
  • Is this all law schools' fault?
  • What can you do to avoid or respond to these problems?
  • How can you make your life better as a law student or lawyer? 

The good news - not all lawyers are unhappy. The trick is to find a happy medium that works for you. 

If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know! We'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly! You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Resources Mentioned:

  1. Why Are Lawyers So Unhappy? (
  2. Lawyers With Lower Pay Report More Happiness (
  3. Law School Quadruples the Chance of Depression: Some Changes That May Help (
  4. The Lawyer Who Became a Clown (
  5. Dave Nee Foundation (
  6. Warrior One - Mindfulness for Lawyers  (
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