Queensland Law Society

Work-life balance

Research into the legal profession (such as the 2009 Brain & Mind Institute Report, Courting the Blues) consistently shows high levels of distress and risk of depression in law students and lawyers, as compared to the rest of the population. The QLS Final Report on Work-Life Balance (2010) found that healthy work-life balance can predict a range of individual outcomes relevant to legal practices such as intention to remain in the legal profession, mental health and career satisfaction.

Therefore, the promotion of healthy work-life balance and coping mechanisms within the legal profession is essential. QLS encourages all legal practices to adopt flexible work policies and to provide a positive work culture for all staff.

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