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Bar News - October 6, 2006

Survey Snapshots: Stages of NH Lawyers’ Lives


        As part of the continuing reporting on information garnered from the Bar’s recent Member Survey Series, an upcoming issue of the Bar News will feature an article on the stages of lawyers’ lives as revealed through the survey.

        Among the findings are:


        Younger NH lawyers are more likely to work in large law firms than older lawyers.  As lawyers progress through the stages of their lives, they tend to strike out on their own, and work in smaller firms or for themselves.

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        Younger lawyers are slightly more likely than their older counterparts to use NH Bar Website features, such as the Casemaker legal research library, the Member Directory, and the online calendar and registration features for NHBA CLE programs.

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        Not surprisingly, lawyers make more money as they move through the stages of their lives. Billing rates for NHBA members also tend to increase as their age increases.  Billing rates for lawyers correlate with age and years of experience.

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        As lawyers move through the ‘stages’ of their lives, their priorities and their sources of satisfaction change.  Younger lawyers put more value on increasing responsibility and the intellectual challenges of their jobs, while older lawyers place more value on their relationships with clients, other lawyers, and the practice of law in general.

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        A summary report, focusing on law office economic aspects of the Survey Series, is available on the NHBA home page at Look for the 2006 Statistical Supplement to the Member Survey in NHBA Newsroom Highlights.


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