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Generational diversity in law departments

Some people break down the current workforce into four groups: ”Traditionalists, baby boomers, generation X, and generation Y (sometimes referred to as the Millennial generation).” These generalizations (pun fully intended) cast a wide shadow (See my post of June 13, 2006: age differences and extroversion; June 30, 2007: age differences and narcissism.). Put differently, “The incoming generation of law students seems to be seeking transportable skills and doesn’t necessarily measure success by tenure within an organization,” 8-K, Vol. 4, Fall 2008 at 18.

Generational diversity is present in most law departments that have existed a decade or more (See my post of March 16, 2006: long-in-the-tooth veterans and knowledge loss; Sept. 4, 2005: demographics of law departments; Sept. 25, 2005: lawyers work an average of 6 years before moving in-house; Feb. 7, 2007: demographics tip against law departments; Nov. 14, 2005: related to demographic changes; and April 30, 2006: demographic change.).

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