Hirsch, Ronald L.
The purpose of this data collection was to assess career
satisfaction among young lawyers throughout the United States. The
questionnaire was designed to include as many factors as possible that
might reasonably affect job satisfaction. The 1984 survey solicited
information on lawyers' job descriptions, educational background,
psychological characteristics, and basic demographics. Other questions
pertained to job setting, substantive law areas of the respondent,
geographical area in which the law firm was located, time spent each
day on certain projects, and job stress. The 1990 survey posed
questions identical to those in the 1984 survey, and added items
covering part-time work, referral plans, sexual harassment in the
workplace, gender and racial biases, reasons for changing jobs, drug
use, disabilities, law school activities, and weighted job satisfaction
Hirsch, Ronald L. National Survey of Lawyers' Career Satisfaction, Wave I, 1984, and Wave II, 1990. ICPSR08975-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08975.v3
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08975.v3
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This study was funded by:
- American Bar Association. Young Lawyers Division
Scope of Study
- 1984 (Wave I)
- 1990 (Wave II)
Date of Collection:
For 1984 data: all lawyers admitted to the ABA in the
United States prior to 1983. For 1990 data: all lawyers admitted to the
ABA in the United States after 1983.
Data Collection Notes:
In Part 1, 1984 Survey Data, the variable MATCHID can
be used to match subjects in the 1984 data file with those in the 1990
data file (both files are already sorted by MATCHID). The variable
RESPOND can be used to select those 1984 subjects present in the 1990
file. Missing data was not standardized in Part 2, 1990 Survey Data.
In 1984, three target groups were identified: lawyers 36
years of age and over who belonged to the American Bar Association
(ABA), members of the ABA under 36 years old, excluding law students,
and all lawyers in the nonmember files kept by the ABA. A systematic
random probability sample was drawn to represent each of the three
groups of lawyers involved in the survey. The group of lawyers under 36
years of age was oversampled. In the 1990 survey, the 1984 respondents
were reinterviewed. Also, a systematic random sample was drawn of all
lawyers admitted to the Bar after 1983.
mail and telephone interviews
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disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major
statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to
these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
Standardized missing values.
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