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This report is a compilation of associate hiring and attrition data for Calendar Year 2020. The report contains key analyses on critical issues for law firm talent planning, including whether departures are to peer firms, information on where associates go, why they leave, whether their employers consider their departures "desired" or not, and whether departures were related to performance, economic market conditions, or other factors. The report includes comparisons of the data by lateral and entry-level hires, race and ethnicity, gender identity, and firm size, as well as departures statistics on associates hired outside of the normal OCI process or through diversity fellowship/scholarship programs. 


This year’s update also provides important insights into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its sequelae on law firm hiring and retention over the past year through new additional questions.


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Update on Associate Attrition (Calendar Year 2020)

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