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Why do some associates choose to stay while other leave? The NALP Foundation’s inaugural Stay Study report details the key factors driving associates’ decisions to remain at their firms, which is critical information for firms to use as they assess their talent needs and how best to optimize for the new market. The Stay Study provides important insights for firms on associates’ relative and empiric valuation of:


  • Work Allocation/Workflow Management
  • Compensation (salary/bonus/other)
  • Benefits (medical, dental, mental health support)
  • Firm Policies (billable hours/credit, leave)
  • Hybrid Work Policies
  • Professional Development
  • Career Path
  • Mentoring (formal and informal)
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Pro Bono/Community Involvement
  • Firm Culture/Social Ties
  • Market Perception of Firm
  • Location
  • Practice Area Alignment with Personal Interest
  • Work/Life Balance


With both empiric data and narrative responses, the Stay Study report provides critical insights into the factors that actually influence talent retention, not only in aggregate, but also as segmented by firm size and demographic cohorts, enabling rapid and unique benchmarking. This important new study provides actionable data and intriguing insights for both law firms and the profession broadly.


This 140-page report reflects data collected from 3,374 associates representing 57 participating U.S. and Canadian law firms. Data collection took place during September and October 2023. 

Stay Study Final Report (2024)

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  • NALP Foundation partners, including the law firms below, receive special discounted member/supporter prices for many of our publications such as the Stay Study final report.  (The NALP Foundation and NALP are two financially separate and independent organizations, so your membership in NALP does *not* apply to The NALP Foundation.)


    Akin Gump

    Alston & Bird

    Armstrong Teasdale

    Arnold & Porter

    Baker Botts

    Beveridge & Diamond


    Chapman and Cutler

    Cravath Swaine & Moore

    Davis Polk


    Epstein Becker Green

    Eversheds Sutherland

    Fenwick & West

    Foley & Lardner

    Frost Brown Todd

    Gibson Dunn

    Goodwin Procter

    Gray Reed

    Greenberg Traurig

    Haynes & Boone

    Holland & Knight

    Hunton Andrews Kurth

    Jenner & Block

    Jones Day

    King & Spalding

    Kirkland & Ellis

    Latham & Watkins

    Mayer Brown

    McDermott Will & Emery

    McDowell Hetherington


    Merchant & Gould

    Morrison & Foerster

    Neal Gerber Eisenberg

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

    Paul Hastings

    Quarles & Brady

    Ropes & Gray

    Rutan & Tucker

    Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

    Seward & Kissel

    Sheppard Mullin


    Sidley Austin


    Snell & Wilmer


    Sullivan & Cromwell

    Troutman Pepper


    Vinson & Elkins


    Winston & Strawn

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