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Why do some associates choose to stay while other leave? The NALP Foundation’s new Stay Study details the key factors driving associates’ decisions to remain at their firms, providing critical 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 provides unique insights into the factors that actually influence talent retention, not only in aggregate, but also as segmented by firm