This paper proposes empirical research on the wellbeing and satisfaction levels of Australian lawyers in the workplace. It examines what we know about workplace satisfaction for lawyers in Australia, compared with the worrying findings about the legal profession in the United States. I examine how we educate and train lawyers and consider what students are not told about legal practice. I discuss the need to investigate the wellbeing and satisfaction levels among newly admitted lawyers, and to consider ways to teach law that could help lawyers not only make wise career choices but develop strategies to cope better with stressors in their workplace. One possibility is that clinical legal education helps students develop professionally as well as personally and improves their chances of coping with high stress levels and having a happy and productive life at work.
The Australasian Professional Legal Education Council 2006 Conference – Bridging Gaps. APLEC Annual Conference Papers (Sydney 11 - 12 November, 2006) p. 1-22