We base our Annual Midlevel Associates Survey on responses from 6,568 third-, fourth- and fifth-year (classes of 2001, 2002, and 2003) associates from law-firm offices around the globe. Any firm may participate in the survey, which is distributed during the spring.

We received responses from 41 percent of the 15,932 associates invited to take part. An individual firm’s response rate is 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. Response rates are rounded to whole numbers.