The rationale for the unhappiness of US Law Firm Associates sounds very familiar.
Law firms have made it much harder to progress and at the same time their lawyers have more options and want more from their life and career.
Generally speaking, today's law firm associates are disillusioned with law firm life. And attrition is at an all-time high. Twenty-plus years ago, the average seniority of an associate who left his/her law firm was between eight and nine years out of law school. And the primary reason for such a departure was failure to make partner. Today, the average parting of the ways between associate and firm has plummeted to an astounding two to four years post-JD. A problematic trend indeed—but a state of affairs that has been in the making for years.