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The Happy Lawyer Project is an inspirational podcast for young lawyers looking to find happiness in life with a law degree. Each episode provides the tips, advice, encouragement and inspiration you need to craft a life and career you love. Welcome to the Happy Lawyer Project!

Sep 18, 2018

I’m super excited today to chat with fellow happiness researcher, Katie Young. Katie is a JD/PHD and current professor at UMASS Amherst. After experiencing law school unhappiness herself and witnessing countless others go through law school unhappy, Katie decided to do some research on her own. Katie conducted a study of over 1000 law school students to learn more about the unhappiness epidemic among law students. On today’s episode she shares a lot of her findings on reasons why we are unhappy but also offers solutions on how we can be happier.  Whether you are a law student, aspiring law student, or experience lawyer, there is something to take away from this episode, enjoy!


What you’ll learn:

  • Why Katie decided to study happiness in law schools
  • Katie’s research process
  • Common themes of unhappiness in law students
  • Key drivers of anxiety and stress in law students
  • Key elements to being happier in law school
  • The Jam Study
  • Reasons to avoid universal thinking
  • Tips that translate into post-law school life
  • The importance of mindset and intentionality
  • Katie’s path in academia and sociology
  • Things to think about when looking for jobs

Best Advice for Finding Happiness


“People who are happy have a sense that they are on a track to do something.”



* Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

* How to be (Sort of) Happy in Law School, Kathryne Young


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