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A look at the satisfaction levels of third-, fourth- and fifth-year associates at Am Law 200 firms.
The Midlevel Associates Survey is conducted by ALM Legal Intelligence on behalf of The American Lawyer and looks at associate satisfaction levels across a number of attributes. Any firm may participate in the survey, which is distributed during the spring.
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.
For a firm to be included in the National Rankings chart, we must receive ten or more completed surveys from associates with the firm. A firm’s national score is the average of 12 questions on the survey that summarize the firm’s qualities, including the interest and satisfaction levels of work; benefits and compensation; relations between associates and partners; training and guidance; management’s openness about firm strategies and partnership chances; the firm’s attitude toward pro bono work; billable hours policy; and the likelihood of the associate being at the firm in two years.
A firm must have at least five completed surveys in an office to receive a city ranking. The same 12 questions are calculated for individual cities or markets to determine branch scores and rankings. All question averages are rounded to two decimal places. Scores for firms are calculated from those rounded question averages, and then rounded to three decimal places.