“Dog bites man. Film at 11.”

“At most big law firms, the partner-associate compact
goes something like this: The partners give the associates big
salaries, meals on the client, cars home at night, fancy offices,
secretaries and a prestigious name on their résumés. The associates
give their complete professional devotion and availability — every
hour of the day, every day of the year.

That compact has gone unspoken, and largely unquestioned, until recently.

More and more associates at law firms across the U.S.
are second guessing whether they want to sign over their lives to their
jobs. Some are working fewer hours. Some are losing interest in making
partner. And they are leaving big law firms in droves: “The rate of
associate attrition we’re seeing today at big firms is the highest
level we’ve ever seen,” says Paula A. Patton, chief executive of the
NALP Foundation, a nonprofit group in Overland Park, Kan., that
examines law-firm hiring trends and practices.”

http://tinyurl.com/e7dpf (in celebration of their 10th anniversary online, The Journal is featuring free online access for 10 days)


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