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Any firm may participate in The American Lawyer‘s associates surveys if it has ten eligible participants firmwide. Firms are given the option of participating in the surveys in print or on the Web. In either case, respondents are guaranteed anonymity through the use of individual passwords and codes. Generally, firms are contacted in April and May about participation in the current year’s survey. The summer associates survey is conducted from late June to early August. Surveys are distributed to associates by their firms’ recruiting coordinators. Eligible summer associates are law students clerking at law firms through the summer; they must have put in at least three weeks at their firms before filling out survey forms. Requests for inclusion may be directed to [email protected]. For a firm to be included in the National Rankingschart, we must receive at least ten completed surveys by our deadline. For an individual office to receive a breakout listing on the “Results by City”chart, we must receive at least five responses from that office. Surveys received after the deadline are not counted. The “Results by City” chart includes results for the nine questions that count toward each firm’s composite score. We use the average of these scoring questions to arrive at a firm’s score. To determine scores for individual questions, we average respondents’ answers on a citywide (by office) basis for the “Results by City” chart, and on a firmwide basis for the “National Rankings” charts. Firms designated as “national” have no more than 45 percent of their lawyers in any single region of their home country. Firms designated “international” have at least 40 percent of their lawyers working outside their home country. Additional questions that do not count toward the composite score are included in the survey to help provide a profile of associates nationwide, to track trends over the years, and to provide insight into any given firm’s score and the differences between their participating offices. This year’s Summer Associates Survey report is based on the responses of 4,192 summer associates from 142 firms, and represents a response rate of 56 percent.

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