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Any firm may participate in the Midlevel Associates Survey. Eligible midlevels are third-, fourth-, and fifth-year associates (classes of 2000, 2001, and 2002). Participation is solicited in the spring, and the survey takes place in the summer. Firms can elect to have their associates take the survey online or in print format. This year’ssurvey report is based on responses from 5,854 midlevels at 185 participating firms (160 of which returned the minimum of ten responses needed to be included in the national rankings). This represents a 41 percent response rate. All of these responses are used to calculate the overall averages. Overall response rates and an individual firm’s response rate are based on the number of returns out of the surveys distributed. A firm can choose which branch offices take part, so the number of eligible midlevels does not always reflect the size of midlevel classes firmwide. Rates and other percentages are rounded to whole numbers. For a firm to be included in the National Rankingschart, we must receive ten or more completed surveys from associates with the firm. A firm’s national score is the average of 12 questions on the survey that summarize the firm’s qualities, including the interest and satisfaction levels of work; benefits and compensation; relations between associates and partners; training and guidance; openness about finances and strategies; billable hours policy; the firm’s attitude toward pro bono work; and the likelihood of the associate being at the firm in two years. For a branch office to be included in the Results by Citychart, we must receive five or more completed responses from associates in that office. The same 12 questions are calculated for individual cities or markets to determine branch scores and rankings. All question averages are rounded to two decimal places. Scores for firms are calculated from those rounded question averages, and then rounded to three decimal places. For the Rankings by Sizecharts, we group and rank the firms by revenue: those on our most recent Am Law 100 and Global 100 charts in one section; Am Law Second Hundred firms in another; and the firms that are on neither The Am Law 200 or Global 100 in a third section. On both the national and by size charts, firms designated as national rather than by their headquarters have no more than 45 percent of their lawyers in any single region. Firms with an international designation have at least 40 percent of their lawyers working outside their home country. All others list the firm’s headquarters as their location. Additional firmwide results appear only our Web site ( The Firms, A-Z/. Watch for results of the annual Summer Associates Survey in the November issue of The American Lawyer Student Edition. Requests to be included next year and other questions may be directed to [email protected] . E-mail: [email protected] .

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