Why Money Is the Dumbest Thing Any Attorney Should Focus on When Joining a Law Firm: How Attorneys Destroy their Happiness and Legal Careers by Focusing on Money
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

One of the most dumb and detrimental things I see among law students, associates and partners is a consistent focus on money above all else. More often than not, this focus destroys careers—and even lives.

As a preliminary matter, it is important to understand that the practice of law is about far more than money. Maintaining a career in law requires an emphasis on factors other than money. When attorneys put themselves in positions where money is overemphasized, they tend to find their spirits crushed. They end up unemployed, underemployed, or bouncing around between jobs.