If you're whining, you're in a minority. According to a survey to be released next week by Hildebrandt International, only 5 percent of associates in Big Law are very dissatisfied. Reporting on this survey in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Law Blog, Nathan Koppel notes that 45 percent said they were highly satisfied and the other 45 percent said they were more or less satisfied.
One reason for this, at least according to the comments coming into the Law Blog, is that newbies have a more realistic picture of what they're getting into than did their fifth-year associates. Another reason may be that outside Big Law, the legal job market is awful. So, newbies might sense not only did they get into the lifeboat but at a $160,000 starting salary that lifeboat isn't too shabby.