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Research: Over 90% of young lawyers are suffering from work-related stress

Research: Over 90% of young lawyers are suffering from work-related stress

New research has suggested that more than 90% of young lawyers have felt under "too much emotional or mental pressure" at work in the past month. The study is part of the Junior Lawyers Division's (JLD) 'Resilience and wellbeing survey report', and is based on over 200 Legal Practice Course (LPC) students, paralegals, trainees and junior solicitors across England and Wales.

Key findings:

  • 82% of young lawyers have "regularly" or "occasionally" felt they've been under "too much emotional or mental pressure" in the past month.
  • A further 12% answered "rarely", only 7% said "never".
  • More than one in four (26%) respondents described the stress as either "severe" or "extreme".
  • 65% blame their "high workload"
  • 50% cited "ineffective management" as a cause. Other contributing factors included lack of support, client demands, and billing targets.
  • 53% of juniors have nearly made a mistake that would not have happened if they were not overworked, while 45% revealed their family life and personal relationships have suffered.
  • 74% felt their firm could do more to support them with their stress levels.

The study found that lawyers are turning to everything from yoga and healthy eating to drugs and alcohol to combat the pressure.

Source: https://www.legalcheek.com/2017/04/research-over-90-of-young-lawyers-are-suffering-from-work-related-stress/

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