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Any firm may participate in the Midlevel Associates Survey. Eligible midlevels are third- or fourth-year associates (classes of 2000 and 2001). 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’s survey report is based on responses from 4,334 midlevels at 181 participating firms (148 of which returned the minimum of 10 responses needed to be included in the national rankings). This represents a 44 percent response rate. All responses are calculated in 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. For instance, if a global firm asked for 20 surveys to be distributed in its New York office only, and 15 of those surveys were returned, its response rate would be listed as 75 percent, regardless of the number of midlevels it has worldwide. Response rates and other percentages are rounded to whole numbers. For a firm to be included on the National Rankings chart, its associates must complete 10 or more surveys. 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 with 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 on the Results by City chart, we must receive at least five 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 were calculated from those rounded question averages, and then rounded to three decimal places. For the Rankings by Size charts, we group and rank the highest-grossing firms, according to our Am Law 100 and Global 100 rankings, in one section; Am Law Second Hundred firms have their own category; and the firms that are on neither The Am Law 200 or The Global 100 are ranked separately. On both the national and by size rankings 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. Detailed firmwide results appear on our Web site, www.americanlawyer.com. Watch for results of the annual Summer Associates Survey in the November issue of The American Lawyer Student Edition. Research associate Katrina Rudmin managed this year’s Midlevel Associates Survey. Requests to be included next year and other questions may be directed to her at [email protected]. For questions about the Summer Associates Survey, please contact Chloe Gladstone at [email protected]. General questions can be sent to [email protected].

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