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Though trained in social psychology, I am also a lawyer and am conducting this research to better understand how, we, lawyers feel about our work. By analyzing our collective experience through this survey and drawing on elements of social psychology, I hope to eventually suggest ways to improve work and career satisfaction amongst lawyers.
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3) Current Marital Status:
4) Did you work full-time before attending law school?
5) Which law school did you graduate from?
6) What year did you graduate from law school?
7) Which title best describes your position in your organization?
c) General Counsel
d) Of Counsel
e) Managing Director
h) Vice President
i) Other (Please Describe)
8) How would you describe your practice?
e) Other (Please Describe)
9) Which jurisdiction(s) do you practice law?
10) How would you describe your current employer?
b) Business Corporation
e) Large Law Firm
f) Medium-sized Law Firm
g) Small Law Firm
h) Other (Please Describe)
SECTION ONE (OF FOUR)
This part of the questionnaire asks you to describe your job, as
as you can.
Please select the most accurate description of your job.
1) To what extent does your job require you to work closely with other people (either "clients," or people in related jobs in your own organization)?
2) How much autonomy is there in your job? That is, to what extent does your job permit you to decide on your own how to go about doing the work?
3) To what extent does your job involve doing a "whole" and identifiable piece of work? That is, is the job a complete piece of work that has an obvious beginning and end? Or is it only a small part of the overall piece of work, which is finished by other people?
4) How much variety is there in your job? That is, to what extent does the job require you to do many different things at work, using a variety of skills and talents?
5) In general, how significant or important is your job? That is, are the results of your work likely to significantly affect the lives or well-being of other people?
6) To what extent do manager or co-workers let you know how well you are doing on your job?
7) To what extent does doing the job itself provide you with information about your work performance? That is, does the actual work itself provide clues about how well you are doing-aside from any "feedback" co-workers or supervisors may provide?
SECTION TWO (OF FOUR)
Listed below are a number of statements, which could be used to describe a job.
Please indicate whether each statement is an
Please try answer as
1) The job requires me to use a number of complex or high-level skills.
2) The job requires a lot of cooperative work with other people.
3) The job is arranged so that I do
have the chance to do an entire piece of work from beginning to end.
4) Just doing the work required by the job provides many chances for me to figure out how well I am doing.
5) The job is simple and quite repetitive.
6) The job can be done adequately by a person working alone-without talking or checking with other people.
7) The supervisors and co-workers on this job almost
give me any "feedback" about how well I am doing in my work.
8) This job is one where a lot of other people can be affected by how well the work gets done.
9) The job denies me any chance to use my personal initiative or judgment in carrying out the work.
10) Supervisors often let me know how well they think I am performing the job.
11) The job provides me the chance to completely finish the pieces of work I begin.
12) The job itself provides very few clues about whether or not I am performing well.
13) The job gives me considerable opportunity for independence and freedom in how I do the work.
14) The job itself is
very significant or important in the broader scheme of things.
SECTION THREE (OF FOUR)
Listed below are a number of statements. Please indicate how you feel by selecting the appropriate choice.
1) I am satisfied with my career.
2) I enjoy my work.
3) I have job security.
4) My work is generally challenging.
5) My work provides sufficient opportunities for growth and development.
6) I am fairly compensated for my work.
7) I have good professional mentors.
8) I have satisfactory work-life balance.
9) I enjoy the people I work with.
10) Being a lawyer is prestigious.
11) I frequently think about quitting my job.
12) I would advise someone to pursue a legal career.
13) I enjoyed my law school experience.
14) I regret attending law school.
15) Debt influences my career decisions.
16) Knowing what I know now, I would still pursue a legal career.
What do you consider to be the greatest challenge(s) in pursuing a legal career?
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