Nearly Two-Thirds of Parents Want Their Kids to Become Lawyers

Posted May 30, 2013 in Your Family & The Law by

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Mamas have long been advised to not let their babies grow up to be cowboys, but rather to let them be doctors and lawyers and such. And judging from a new survey by Lawyers.com, the mamas are taking that advice to heart — and the papas are, too.

According to the survey, 64 percent of parents hope their children will grow up to pursue legal careers. The results suggest the legal field is a particular aspiration for lower income families, with 80 percent of parents who make less than $25,000 per year saying they would like their child to become a lawyer, versus 54 percent of parents who make at least $75,000.

Becoming lawyers may even make kids look better to their future mothers-in-law, with 55 percent of moms expressing interest in their children marrying attorneys. They might have a little trouble with fathers-in-law, however — only 38 percent are so eager to give their blessings.

“Being a lawyer means being a respected professional, and that’s something that parents want for their children,” said Larry Bodine, Esq., editor-in-chief of Lawyers.com. “Despite the tough economy facing the next generation, it’s exciting to note that nearly two-thirds of parents would be happy with a law degree in their child’s future.”

Law field aspirations have taken a hit amid the economic downturn, with enrollment rates for the Law School Admission Test in decline and scores of class action lawsuits accusing law schools of fudging their graduate employment rates. But according to a 2012 survey by the National Law Journal, many of the larger firms are adding new jobs, and the American Bar Association reported increases in both the number of new graduates and the rate of long-term, full-time employment between 2011 and 2012.

And even though the legal job market is still recovering, the demand for legal services remains strong. A 2012 survey from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell found that 110 million U.S. consumers sought an attorney at least once in their lives, and 58 million sought one within the last year.

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