Maybe it will be up to Generation Z to change the staid world of BigLaw. Certainly the members of Generation Y, that is the Millennials, aren't on that mission.
In Abovethelaw, lawyer-journalist, Kathryn Rubino, outs the latest research and commentary on Millennial employees as the eager-to-please, conformist, and no-time-off, thank you generation. The phrase "work martyrs" has been applied to them.
Of course, employers love it. Why shouldn't they in this era when capitalism might be at its rawest stage since the Industrial Revolution.
However, such an old-world work ethic doesn't necessarily guarantee that they will be promoted. This is also the time when downright disruption is needed to differentiate an enterprise from its competitors. Usually that's not among the abilities of a suck-up employee The same research which confirms the Millennials as brown-nosers documents the lack of upward mobility.
Here's an analogy. Research and experience both show that it is "C" students who get to be the bosses of the "A" students. That's because the "C" students were out there taking risks, learning new skills, and networking their butts off while the "A" students played exclusively in the high-grade sandbox. A 4.0 might open some doors but is irrelevant to holding on to the position and moving upward.