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Big Law finally has gotten the memo that keeping associates happy—at least those they want to retain—makes good business sense. For sure, long hours and demanding partners are still a major part of associate life, but firms are recognizing that paying attention to junior lawyers’ needs, whether its career development programs or more time with family, can yield benefits for everyone.

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By this point, most firms are making a concerted effort on a daily basis to address the industry’s longstanding struggles with the promotion and inclusion of diverse attorneys and women, but our associates survey shows more is needed to keep everyone satisfied.

Minority attorneys gave lower scores on average in every category, when compared with white midlevel associates. The most dramatic difference was in their expectation to stay two years or more at their current firm—the average score was 4.181 for white associates and 4.072 for minority associates.

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Ben Seal

Ben Seal is managing editor of The American Lawyer. He joined the magazine in February 2018, and previously spent five years working for The Legal Intelligencer, editing the paper's magazines and supplements and reporting on Pennsylvania's state courts, legislature and Attorney General's Office. Contact him at [email protected] or @BSealTAL.

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