assigning partner 2 work assignment Above the Law blog.JPGWe received almost 900 responses to last week’s ATL / Lateral Link survey on how work gets assigned.
Here’s how you said it is:
  * 54% of respondents said that their work was assigned directly by the partners.
  * 19% of respondents seek out the work they want in a “free market.”
  * 18% have work assigned by a practice group leader or department head.
  * 3% have work assignments filtered through an advisor or mentor.
  * 6% wrote in that their firms have some combination of the above, which generally boiled down to a mix of direct assignments from the partners and a free market.
But many respondents would rather see some of those direct assignments filtered through a department head or a mentor. Here’s how you said it should be:
  * 37% of respondents want their work to be assigned directly by the partners. Among respondents whose work actually is assigned directly by partners, this number jumped to 88%.
  * 21% of respondents would like to get the work they want in a “free market.” A slight majority (54%) of the respondents who do receive their work this way considered it the best option.
  * 28% would prefer to have work assigned by a practice group leader or department head. Among respondents who already receive their assignments through this system, 40% considered it the best option.
  * 11% would rather have work assignments filtered through an advisor or mentor. But only 17% of respondents whose firms currently use this method would choose to assign work this way.
  * 3% wrote in that they would like a mix of the above.
Earlier: Featured Job Survey: Where Does Your Work Come From?

Justin Bernold is a Director at Lateral Link, the sponsor of this survey.


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