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Young lawyers rank work-life balance ahead of pay

A survey of lawyers from BigLaw firms shows that the 33 per cent of the millennial generation said making partner was their long-term career goal but young lawyers have other things on their minds too.


The poll by legal recruitment firm Major, Lindsay & Africa and Above the Law found that work-life balance ranked the most important for 66 per cent who said they would consider a job with fewer hours, even with less pay. Compensation was a factor in whether to accept a position for 50 per cent.


"In the past, most lawyers would not openly state that they desired a balance between work and personal life. However, to the millennial generation, work-life balance is much less taboo," said Michelle Fivel, a partner in the Associate Practice Group of Major, Lindsey & Africa. "In fact, millennial lawyers are nearly demanding it of firms, causing firms to offer remote work, off-track roles and other flexible arrangements."

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