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I just plowed through The American Lawyer’s 2020 Midlevel Associates Survey, and I’m really worried about this generation.

For starters, why on earth are associates giving their firms such inflated grades for satisfaction? As every third-grader in New York knows, life as a Big Law associate is nasty, brutish and short. No one has a pleasant stay and only a paltry few survive to make partner.

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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