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Each category related to law firms saw a drop in interest from existing lawyers and clerks, whereas the desire to go in-house rose significantly to 14% and the interest to go into government stayed consistent at around 16%. This data set shows that once practicing at a firm, many clerks and associates are interested in practicing law in a different, non-law-firm environment.
Based on survey responses, Gen-Zers’ long-term career objectives are veering away from traditional law firm paths.
— Excerpts from a new report on Gen-Z lawyer preferences from Major, Lindsey & Africa, which noted that only 39% of law students who said they wanted to work at a law firm after graduation wanted to pursue Biglaw careers, which was about a 20% drop since 2020. On top of that, just 23% of Gen-Zers said their long-term career goal was to make partner at a law firm. Gen-Z lawyers who already work in Biglaw said more money and more opportunities for advancement would keep them in their jobs.
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