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LawCare: Achieving a healthy working culture in law

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by Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO, LawCare

A few weeks ago, I was part of my son’s school careers fair to raise awareness about working in the third sector, but as my bio mentioned I was a solicitor, I had a steady stream of young people come and talk to me about a legal career. There were a range of reasons offered as to why the law was a potential path; top of the list – ‘I want to help people’, expressing a strong interest in human rights/international issues/crime; second - ‘I loved Legally Blonde or Suits’, and coming in third - ‘I want to earn lots of money, I’ve heard that lawyers earn more than bankers’.

I had a few questions I wasn’t expecting, from parents who knew that law has a reputation for being a highly pressured environment and were concerned about the impact of this on the wellbeing of their son or daughter. Despite my familiarity with the pressures of a career in the law, I was upbeat, highlighting the wide range of practice areas and environments in which you can work and the reward that comes from helping people/organisations with their legal issues and getting your head around complex problems.

On the drive home, I reflected on my experience of talking about working in the legal sector with people who don’t know much about it. As I am often immersed in a narrative around law that mainly focuses on the problems and challenges in our sector, it was inspiring that most of the young people I spoke to were attracted to the law because they wanted to help people, drawn from their personal interests and values. A reflection perhaps of the times we live in and the growing trend that the younger generation are seeking purposeful work that contributes to social good. But I expect many people in our profession, when they first thought about a career in the law, were drawn to it for similar reasons.

Read the remainder of the Law Society Gazette article here >>