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In early May, we contacted firms that had participated in the associates surveys in previous years and other firms that had contacted us during the year asking to be included. Any firm may participate in either the Midlevel Associates Survey or the Summer Associates Survey if it has 10 eligible participants firmwide. Requests for inclusion may be directed to [email protected] To be eligible, midlevels must be third- or fourth-year associates at participating law firms (this year, midlevel participants came from the classes of 1997 and 1998). Eligible summer associates are law students who have spent the summer at law firms as clerks. We require that summer associates put in at least three weeks at their firms before filling out surveys. The surveys were distributed to associates by the recruiting coordinators at their firms. If we received at least five completed surveys from a firm’s participants by deadline, that firm was included in the “National Rankings, Overall” chart. For an individual office to receive a breakout listing on the “Results By City” chart, we must have received at least five responses from that office. Surveys received after the deadline were not counted. For the chart “National Rankings, By Firm Size,” the nation’s 100 highest-grossing firms (or their predecessor firms, in the case of mergers) were designated extra-large, as were firms that we rank among the top-grossing globally. The next 100 highest-grossing were classified as large, and the remaining firms were deemed midsize. Firms’ main office locations and gross revenue were taken from The Am Law 100 and The Am Law Second Hundred in the July and August issues of The American Lawyer, and from the Global 50 in the November 2000 issue. In the “Results By City” chart we break out the results for the nine questions that counted toward firms’ composite scores in the 2001 Midlevel Associates Survey, focusing on such areas as treatment by partners, training and guidance, and atmosphere. The results for several other selected questions appear on the same chart. Additional questions that do not count toward the composite score, such as open-ended questions soliciting candid comments, were used to provide a national profile of midlevel and summer associates nationwide, and to shed even more insight into any given firm’s score. We used the average of the nine scoring questions to arrive at a firm’s composite score. This composite score is based on the unrounded averages for each of those questions. To arrive at scores for individual questions, we averaged respondents’ answers on a citywide basis for the “Results By City” chart, and on a firmwide basis for the “Firms A to Z” listings and for the “National Rankings, By Firm Size” chart. There were 4,361 respondents from 177 firms in this year’s Midlevel Associates Survey, which was conducted in June. That was a response rate of 41 percent. For the Summer Associates Survey, which was conducted between early July and early August, there were 5,165 respondents from 188 firms, for a response rate of 55 percent. For the first time, firms were given the option this year of participating in the survey in print or online, and they were about equally divided in their preferences. We have provided an overview of the 2001 Summer Associates Survey. Firm-by-firm reports and scores will appear in the November issue of L magazine, The American Lawyer‘s publication for law school students, and will also be featured here on law.com.

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