The cynics tracking last year's and this year's American Lawyer's scores among midlevel associates for happiness might shrug: Sure, they got a job. They know they should be happy. And, they made it beyond their second year. Maybe, they think, they have a shot at partnership.
That cynical take may or may not be accurate.
But the results are out. And even the usually wary of such positive numbers Abovethelaw.com is not putting the knock on them. Here is David Lat's reporting.
This year the happiest midlevels are at Nutter McClennen & Fish's Boston office. In second place is Paul Hastings' National office. In third is the Cozen O'Connor Philadelphia office.
My take? After studying mindfulness for several years, including cushion time at a Buddhist temple, I am convinced that thoughts shape our reality. It could well be that the mindsets of midlevels have aligned with the dynamics of a changing business in the legal sector. Their thinking patterns are set to register positives and bypass negatives.