“Today’s associates are a bunch of slackers.” It’s a gripe we’ve heard countless times from law firm leaders. Associates work fewer hours than they did, they say. They’re less committed — most expect to stay at firms only long enough to pay off law school bills and accumulate a few entries on the resume. And they perpetually whine about wanting a better work-life balance.
This year, as part of our annual associates survey, we asked a new question: Some firm leaders have charged that today’s associates are slackers. What do you say?
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