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In 2016, less than one-quarter of lawyers and only 2% of law firm partners were millennials. Fast forward a decade and that balance will flip, with 75% of the workplace falling into that category. On the one hand, such data points merely illustrate the circle of life. On the other, and with regard to corporate legal departments in particular, they foreshadow demands for cultural change.

While sweeping generalizations aren’t always useful, the 2019 MLA Millennial Report clearly highlighted the fact that many up-and-coming lawyers are dissatisfied with the status quo. Over half of survey respondents said they believe the legal industry is fundamentally broken, while 44% expressed the current generation of leadership “has outstayed their effectiveness.”

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