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Women associate job satisfaction levels are 13.5 percentage points lower than men. Women are only 1/5 as interested in law firm brand when evaluating where to stay and go with their careers. 62% of women associates see limited or no commitment to helping them in their careers.

This explains why women associates rank only 122 (of the 650 firms trying to recruit them) law firms as best at cultivating their highest levels of job satisfaction. As we discussed last week, BTI’s brand new research reveals 8 key attributes driving superior associate satisfaction and retention. These include:

  • Commitment to helping associates in their career
  • Specific action to help develop a career path
  • Access to the training they need
  • Good mentoring
  • Optimism about growing within their firm
  • High levels of job satisfaction
  • Being well paid
  • Having at least one partner watching out for them

We rank and analyze the firms — and what they do — in our just-released report BTI Associate Satisfaction A-Listers 2022: BTI Survey of Law Firms Where Associates are Happiest.

Please join me in congratulating the following firms ranked as Best by women associates in the following 2 activities. We will be celebrating the Best of the Best in the remaining 6 activities over the next few days here at The MAD Clientist.

Their firm is committed to helping women associates in their career              

As noted above 62% of women associates see limited or no commitment to helping them in their careers, compared to 48% of men.

Commitment to helping women associates in their careers goes beyond legal prowess. Women associates want to see robust women’s initiatives, more commitment, resources, and more forward-looking guidance. Women associates identify a total of 97 firms — 9 of which are Best of the Best:

Another 88 firms enjoy exceptionally strong rankings as Leaders and Distinguished firms. This makes a total of 97 firms stand out in this all-important attribute.

Firm takes specific action to help me develop a career path   

Only 22% of women associates see robust and specific action to help them develop a career path.

Women associates are looking for formal, clearly delineated firmwide actions — designed specifically to meet women associates’ expectations and needs. A single program or initiative for all associates does not meet this need.

Please join me in congratulating all 80 firms noted by women associates for being the best at developing their career paths. The 7 Best of the Best firms are:

22 firms stand as leaders as they develop and improve their already strong initiatives. Women recognize another 51 law firms as better than most in helping to develop a career path.

You can learn how associates interpret each of the 8 core activities — and all of the 122 law firms who stand out as the best, leaders, and distinguished in each and every one. You also learn more than 24 immediately implementable strategies and tactics to boost not only satisfaction — but retention.

Learn more here in our just released report: BTI Associate Satisfaction A-Listers 2022: BTI Survey of Law Firms Where Associates are Happiest

To successful associate retention and satisfaction.

The Mad Clientist

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