Unhappiness is the sentiment that stands out in the 6,101 replies to The American Lawyer's annual survey of midlevel associates. The magazine asked approximately 80 questions, including queries about billable hours and the path to partnership, but the bottom line is that associates are feeling anxious and frustrated in the wake of mass layoffs and cuts in survivors' salaries, bonuses and basic perks. Associate morale plummeted to the lowest level recorded in the survey's history.
For Midlevel Associates, a Year to Forget
The American Lawyer
July 31, 2009