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Adapting to a Changing Legal Landscape: Generation Y Attorneys

The law firm is one of the last bastions of the traditional workplace, and arguably diametrically opposed to many of Generation Y's values and work habits. Legal practice has enjoyed a rich tradition, valuing a clear hierarchical structure and the notion of 'paying one's dues,' while the Generation Y workforce emphasizes innovation, individualized goals and ambitions, and flexible work schedules. Generation Y attorneys are often criticized for entitled attitudes and 'lazy' work ethics. The truth is, however, Generation Y employees are passionate and require job fulfillment. Unlike their Baby Boomer, and even Generation X Predecessor, they should be approached and managed differently in order to reach their full potential.

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This article is not offered as, and should not be relied on as, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice in specific situations.