Trying to define law firm culture can be challenging. Too often, the result is a vague description like “collegial” or “stuffy.” Major, Lindsey & Africa sought to identify the specific traits or characteristics that embody law firm culture and which of those traits matter the most to lawyers.
In the 2023 Law Firm Culture Survey Report—the second edition of the report—we found that:
- The majority of respondents once again ranked the same four traits among the most highly valued by their firms: high priority on client service, high-quality work product, good financial management, and integrity.
- 74% of respondents believe their current firm’s culture more closely aligns with their personal values than firms they worked at previously.
- 40% of respondents believe diversity is a trait their current firm embodies, ranking it sixth where it previously did not crack the top 10.
- The traits respondents most want to see more of from their firms are more emphasis on training and mentorship, supporting attorney’s well-being and work-life balance, and transparency.