baloneydanza wrote:Seriously though, what if associates went on strike? What if law firms democratized? The conditions are shit but they don't have to be. Although I imagine anyone who's in debt will want to make as much money as possible to pay it off, so in that case they might better off with the status quo.
Apart from all the other points wrong about this idea, remember the following: the partners can do the work without you, almost all the time better than you and faster than you. They need you because they don't have time to do all their work themselves. During the recession many firms got rid of associates and they managed just fine. You aren't bringing anything great to the table.
As you know there are thousands of people who would happily take your place, probably for less money, if firms had the guts to cut associates salaries more than they already have.( I think that Campos had a post about law firm salaries falling due to the hiring of permanent associates for less money.) And the reduced bonuses.
On top of that, most of the conditions are a result of servicing clients on tight, immovable deadlines. The firm can't change that.
OTOH: my aunt needed to get some tax stuff for an estate from a small law firm upstate and they don't work on weekends. She had to make a special trip. I had never heard of this not working on weekends before.