More than 40 per cent of Quebec lawyers suffer from psychological distress, with young lawyers with less than 10 years of experience more prone to experiencing mental health issues.
Quebec law students are having a harder time finding articling positions, getting paid less for them, and receiving fewer job offers after articling, reveals a troubling report by the Young Bar of Montreal that urges the provincial law society to establish “reasonable” and variable quotas to curb the “uncontrolled” rising number of lawyers in the province.
Articling and employment prospects for Quebec law students have deteriorated over the past decade, and will continue to be bleak “unless something is done rapidly” because law schools are still churning out new graduates at a time when law firms are shrinking their articling programs, noted Caroline Larouche, president of the Young Bar of Montreal. The Young Bar’s report, entitled Employment and Young Lawyers in Quebec, is based on a survey of 1,346 lawyers called to the bar within 10 years.
By 2021 more than half of lawyers in Quebec will be women, reveals the latest annual report of Quebec’s legal society.
At present, women already make up nearly half of the Bar’s Roll of Order, with 11,838 members or 49 per cent of membership, the highest percentage in North America. On average women practising the profession are younger and have less experience than men. The 12,301 men who are currently practising are around 48 years old and have 21.6 years of experience, compared with women who are 41, with 14 years of experience.