New Survey: Nearly Two-Thirds of Parents Want Their Child to Become a Lawyer

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Doctor. Lawyer. Astronaut. As graduation season kicks off, parents are anticipating where their children's education will take them. A new survey from - a top-cited online legal resource - reveals that nearly two-thirds of parents are hoping their children will choose legal careers.

According to the survey:

Parents are receptive to the idea of their children becoming a lawyer, but are slightly more mixed on their child marrying one:

  • 64% of survey respondents with children in the household want their child to become a lawyer.
  • Moms (55%) are more likely to be interested in having a lawyer as a son- or daughter-in-law than dads (38%).

Survey results conveyed the aspirations of lower income parents:

  • 80% of parents with household incomes of less than $25,000 per year said they'd like their child to become a lawyer, versus 54% of those with household incomes over $75,000.

"Being a lawyer means being a respected professional, and that's something that parents want for their children. Despite the tough economy facing the next generation, it's exciting to note that nearly two-thirds of parents would be happy with a law degree in their child's future," said Larry Bodine, Esq., Editor in Chief of

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A total of 1,001 interviews were conducted from April 4-8, 2013, collected from TeleNation, the Ipsos telephone omnibus survey. TeleNation is a nationally representative study, including both landline and cell phone interviews; interviews were conducted in both English and Spanish. Qualified respondents were U.S. adults age 18 and over. Data were weighted to reflect Current Population Survey statistics on age within gender, U.S. Census region, market size, education and race/ethnicity.

About is a top-cited online legal resource that provides consumers and small business professionals the information they need to learn about the law, ask questions/get answers, read timely legal articles and find the right legal team for their legal issue. With information about more than 1.2 million lawyers and firms, has the most attorneys with a trusted lawyer rating or review, and annually reaches nearly 34 million unique users.

Emily Schneider, 646-695-7050

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