Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: GA-018-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1984

Subject Area: Legal Systems

Bibliographic Citation: National survey of lawyers' career satisfaction, 1984.  [machine-readable data file] / Hirsch, Ronald L.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8975

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy and machine readable codebooks.

Abstract: 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 scales.

SOURCE: mail and telephone interviews

UNIVERSE: 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.

SAMPLE: 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.

NOTE: 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.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 2 data files + machine-readable documentation (text) + SAS Control Cards + SPSS Control Cards + data collection instruments.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL with SAS and SPSS Control Cards

TIME PERIOD: 1984 and 1990

DATE OF COLLECTION: February-April 1984 and March-May 1990

FUNDING AGENCY: American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division



American Bar Association. ''State of the Legal Profession 1990.'' Chicago, IL: ABA Order Fulfillment Department, 1990.

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