Summer Associates Survey 2011
Law students who spent summer 2011 as associates at some of the nation's largest firms went into their jobs knowing the negative reputation that life at such firms can have. They ended the season believing that reputation isn't deservedat least for the firms where they worked.
That's one of the conclusions to be drawn from The American Lawyers annual Summer Associates Survey, which polled 3,656 students at 138 law firms. Among the survey's other main findings: This year's summers were largely satisfied with the substantive quality of the work they were assigned, annoyed that they didn't have job offers in hand by the time they returned to school, andin a possibly shameless display of enthusiasmeager to work for a longer stretch of the summer than the eight or ten weeks that most firms' programs typically run.
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