We argue that lawyer's sons follow in their parents'
footsteps because the occupation lends itself to low-cost transfer of
relevant skills and knowledge from one generation to the next,
especially in the context of the family law practice. Analysis of
Project Talent data reveals that knowledge about the law is transmitted
from lawyers to their children and that this transmitted knowledge is a
significant factor in a son's decision to follow in his
father's legal footsteps. Second-generation lawyers who receive
these human capital transfers experience greater earnings than lawyers
who have not received such transfers.
The practice of law has lent itself to a passing of the torch from
older generation to younger.