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In early May, Land The American Lawyercontacted law firms that had participated in the summer and midlevel associates surveys in previous years as well as other firms that had contacted us during the year asking to be included. Any firm may participate in either the L/The American LawyerSummer Associates Survey or The American LawyerMidlevel Associates Survey if it has 10 eligible participants firmwide. Eligible summer associates are law students who have spent the summer at law firms as clerks. Summer associates must have put in at least three weeks at their firms before they fill out their 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 the deadline, that firm was included in the “National Rankings, Overall” chart as well as in the firm-by-firm listings. Surveys received after the deadline were not counted. We used the average of nine scoring questions to arrive at a firm’s composite score. These questions focused on how partners and associates treated the summer associates as well as training and guidance, orientation to the firm, overall experience and general atmosphere, how well the firm communicates about the chance that a job will be offered — and whether it’s likely that that job, if offered, would be accepted. The composite score is based on the unrounded averages for each of those scoring questions. The results for several other selected questions appear on the alphabetical chartincluded with this survey. Additional questions that do not count toward the composite score, such as open-ended questions soliciting candid comments, were used to write the firm profiles that follow and to shed even more insight onto any given firm’s score. Paul Albanese, Carla Main, and Steve Seidenberg analyzed the data and wrote the profiles. This year, 5,165 summer associates from 186 firms responded to our survey — a response rate of 55 percent. This year, for the first time, firms were given the option to participate in the survey either in print or online; about half responded in print and half online.

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