Where Have All The Associates Gone?

By Aebra Coe (July 26, 2021, 10:02 AM EDT) -- Nonpartner attorney headcounts declined slightly across the Law360 400 last year amid the pandemic, leaving many law firms scrambling for associate talent that seems to be evaporating even as many firms see an uptick in work.

The overall number of attorneys at the 400 largest law firms in the U.S. fell by about 1% between the end of 2019 and the end of 2020, according to the annual Law360 400 survey of law firm headcounts. It is the first time overall attorney headcount has fallen among the cohort since Law360 began tracking year-over-year changes in large law firm head counts in...

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