Internships, repeated fixed-term contracts… The great disappointment of young lawyers


INVESTIGATION – Often uninformed or poorly informed of the reality of the profession, many young lawyers have a difficult career start after demanding studies.

I chained the internships, then I did a fixed-term contract, but I still haven’t found a lasting collaboration“says Marie*, a young lawyer, yet graduated from the Paris and New York bar in 2020 and specialized in intellectual property.

Even if Marie is not there yet, 35% of women lawyers leave the profession in the first five years of professional life, according to the Union of Young Parisian Lawyers (UJA). While the reasons can be very diverse and not all of them cut ties with the law, the figure remains too high not to illustrate the malaise or disillusionment that affects many young people.

With the dress and the pleading, the profession of lawyer conveys an image of Épinal, shared by many students“, abounds Master Simon Warynski, president of the National Federation of Young Lawyers Unions (FNUJA). However, since that time, the profession has greatly evolved and today covers a very wide range of profiles. If this has allowed some…

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