Although the total number of responses was small, the results were very interesting, especially in light of all the recent news. To get some perspective, almost all of the responses came from library managers and directors at firms of 201 or more attorneys, and the overwhelming majority had between 6 and 30 Fall Associates this year.
According to the results, 50% said that the size of their class was the same as last year, 20% said it was larger, and only one firm had no Fall Associates. 90% said that the Associates arrived the same time this year as they did last year. This seems contrary to what is being reported on blogs and in the legal news. I was especially interested in whether there were any changes to the date of arrival compared to last year, but there doesn’t seem to be a significant change at the firms in this survey.
Two-thirds of the respondents “love” this time of year, one-third “loathe” this time, and one commented on their indifference. The majority, 77%, get 30 minutes or more on the orientation schedule. I did get one comment from a librarian, with a sizable class of 16 – 20 Fall Associates, who got zero time on the orientation schedule. I hope that this is an aberration, so please feel free to comment if you have any best practices on how librarians can be a formal part of the orientation process.
Although this can be a stressful time of year, it is certainly an opportunity to impact the young attorneys, and, hopefully, cultivate some library champions.
I hope that this information is useful or at least interesting! Our next survey will be up soon, so please check back!