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Big Law finally has gotten the memo that keeping associates happy—at least those they want to retain—makes good business sense. For sure, long hours and demanding partners are still a major part of associate life, but firms are recognizing that paying attention to junior lawyers’ needs, whether its career development programs or more time with family, can yield benefits for everyone.

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Schulte Roth & Zabel’s office in Washington, D.C.

This year, Schulte Roth & Zabel can count itself as the firm where midlevel associates are happiest. But two years ago, it was a very different story.

In 2016, the firm came in at 78th on The American Lawyer’s midlevel associate satisfaction rankings.

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Lizzy McLellan

Lizzy McLellan is a senior editor on ALM's business of law desk. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @LizzyMcLell

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