The majority of young lawyers in 2023 might not have aspirations of becoming partners at their law firms. But even as partner paths got longer and firms saw “alarming” levels of young talent turnover in recent years, the number of associates who say they want to reach the brass ring of the legal profession has nearly doubled, according to new data.

A report this week from Major, Lindsey & Africa and Above the Law on millennial lawyers’ perspectives found nearly 45% of associates said they would like to make partner at their firms, a “significant” shift from the last survey in 2021, when 23.5% said they would like to make partner, and the two surveys beforehand in 2017 and 2019, which saw the number decrease from about 34% to 31%.

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