The 2024 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey

(June 18, 2024, 2:03 PM EDT) --
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Most lawyers like their jobs, are financially stable and enjoy working at firms with collegial and collaborative cultures, according to the 2024 Law360 Pulse Lawyer Satisfaction Survey.

The survey found some differences between the ranks, with equity partners being the happiest in just about every area of the workplace. Nonequity partners were visibly less satisfied than their equity counterparts, especially with compensation. Associates were less satisfied than partners on a number of fronts and the most inclined to be moving on. About a quarter said they were likely to look for a job at another firm within the next year.

Such divisions are relative, however. The survey received largely positive responses from attorneys at all levels on questions related to their firm's performance. In write-in comments, attorneys touched on the collaborative nature of legal work, the excitement of engaging with legal questions, and the rewards of helping clients and earning their trust. On the other hand, not all were happy about the need to be business-minded. The volume of the work is intense, clients can also be difficult, and making partner won't change the long hours.

Stress remains a problem across the profession. While many are fairly content with their hybrid work schedules — lauding firms for being considerate of their family obligations — more than half of respondents expect to take a mere two weeks or less of vacation.

Check out our analysis of these and other findings in the coverage below.

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What Attorneys Really Think About Their Profession

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