CORRECTION: A significant error was made in computing the results of this year’s survey of mid-level law firm associates. As a result the national rankings originally published in the September issue of The American Lawyer and on this site were incorrect. We have republished the correct results, which are now live and available at at the links below. The correct data also will be published in the October issue of the magazine. We regret this error and apologize for any inconvenience or confusion it may have caused.


Our annual midlevel survey examined 12 areas that contribute to job satisfaction. This year, associates’ satisfaction has dropped to the lowest level in six years.



  • THE CHARTS


Associates Survey 2010: National Rankings –Please see correction above.

Associates Survey 2010: Results by City

Associates Survey 2010: Results by Size – Am Law 100 and Global 100 Firms–Please see correction above.

Associates Survey 2010: Results by Size – The Am Law Second Hundred Firms–Please see correction above.

Associates Survey 2010: Results by Size – Non-Am Law 100 Firms–Please see correction above.

Associates Survey 2010: The Firms, A to K

Associates Survey 2010: The Firms, L to Z

Associate Tech Survey 2010


  • THE STORIES


The Lucky Ones?
Midlevel associates’ overall satisfaction level is down to the lowest level in six years. Blame the extra work, reduced staffing, and pay cuts that are still in place.

Web Extra: Where Everybody Knows Your Name
In all the vast Am Law universe, Nutter, McLennan & Fish, a Boston-based mid-size general practice firm with just 150 lawyers, consistently ranks number one on our annual midlevel associates survey. What’s its secret?

VIDEO: Paul Hastings’s Jump
Paul Hastings went from being ranked 66th in last year’s mid-level associate satisfaction survey to making the top 10 this year. Paul Hastings associates Robin Arzon and Daniel Blaser discuss the firm’s improved score.

VIDEO: Brooklyn D.A.s Deferred Associate Program

The Brooklyn D.A.’s office is a haven for 38 deferred associates.