Your morale, not so much.
Roughly 43% of practicing attorneys who responded to the survey are in poor spirits:
* 24% said their morale was “bad”, up a bit from 21% in April.
* 11.5% said their morale was “awful”, which is about the same as April.
* 7.6% of respondents said their morale “couldn’t be worse.” This is actually down from 9.6% in April, suggesting that some of the most enthusiastically mopey April associates have now found unhappiness of a less extreme sort. (Either that, or they discovered that their morale really could be worse.)
Survey Results: How’s Your Morale?
Structured Finance and Real Estate attorneys are still the mopiest, with 69% and 66%, respectively, feeling “bad” or worse. This is actually a big drop for real estate associates since April, when only 56% said they were unhappy.
Interestingly, only 31% of law students said they were happy, with 50% saying their morale was “bad” or worse.
But, the glass is still almost half full. Surprisingly, morale, while not exactly great, hasn’t really fallen much since April.
* 23.7% of practicing attorneys who responded to the survey, said their morale was “good”, which is only slightly down from April’s number (25.8%).
* 13.3% said their morale was “great”, which is actually up a little from April (11.5%)
* And 3.2% of practicing respondents thought their morale “couldn’t be better,” basically the same as April.
So, overall, about 40% of respondents are still happy.
Patent associates were the happiest lot, with 58% declaring their morale to be at least “good.”
Bankruptcy associates, energy attorneys and judicial clerks were close behind at 57%, and trademark lawyers branded themselves 51% happy.
More results after the jump.