Satisfaction Levels Rise for Midlevel Associates; 79% Say Workload Is Manageable

Life is good for midlevel associates in BigLaw.

A new survey has found increasing satisfaction levels for third-, fourth-, and fifth-year associates, the American Lawyer reports. The findings show several gains over last year, including these:

• Composite scores in 12 areas related to job satisfaction were the highest since at least 2004.

• 57 percent of the associates said their firms are appropriately staffed, a 7 percent increase.

• 79 percent said their workload is manageable, a 2 percent increase.

• 92 percent said that if they had to choose all over again, they would still come to their firms, a 2 percent increase.

The survey is based on responses from 5,543 respondents from the 129 firms. The law firms with the best composite rankings are:

1) Nutter McClennen & Fish, ranked No. 1 for the fifth year in a row.

2) Paul Hastings

3) Baker Donelson

4) Goulston & Storrs

5) Cozen O’Connor

The American Lawyer provided a chart ranking all 129 law firms.

In a separate story, the American Lawyer reported that the firms with the biggest gains in the rankings were Kaye Scholer and Harris Beach. In yet another story, the American Lawyer reported on the firms with the best composite scores over a five-year period. Nutter McClennen did best, followed by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

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